Tamára Lunardo

Author & Editor



September 2011



Please Stop Just Sayin’

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This post was Freshly Pressed on Thursday, September 29! I love reading all your comments but can’t possibly reply to them all. Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment, and special thanks to all of you who are subscribing to the blog, following me on Twitter, and liking my Facebook page! –Tamara


Much as I enjoy pop culture, I tire of its obnoxious words and phrases. Here, several I could do without:

Just sayin’. If you’d stopped one sentence short, you would have been just saying exactly what it was you wanted to say. As it is, you are now tacking on a verbal shrug to effectively back yourself away from your own words. Are you or are you not sayin’?

I know, right? I’m not entirely convinced that you do.

Totes. Unless you’re referring to multiple tote bags, please finish your word.

Ridic. Finish.

Hilar. Your.

Natch. Word!

El oh el. Did you just “text” out loud without the use of a cell phone? That’s called “speaking”– try it with real words.

FAIL. Misappropriation of trademark capitalization just looks like unnecessary shouting. It also looks like you don’t know a noun from a verb. Failure!

Epic fail. Knock it off already.

That’s what I’m sayin’. No, in fact that’s what I’m saying; We both know this because I just said it. You find something else to say.

Which pop culture words or phrases have you had enough of?

  • http://orangespicedrop.wordpress.com mkultra76

    I love this. I wondered if I was the only one who despised “just sayin’.” Relieved to know that I’m not!!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Solidarity, my friend.

      • Anonymous

        That’s what I’m sayin!

    • http://dunkskobillige.wordpress.com dunkskobillige
  • http://whoivealwaysbeen.blogspot.com Carolyn

    Yeah…no. (Does is make you feel better about saying no if you said “yeah” first?)
    For reals? (How many reals are there, anyway?)
    OMG! (This is one where the abbreviation has the same amount of syllables as the whole phrase, so why say the text abbreviation out loud? What are you shortening there?)
    Oh no you didn’t! (This one is older, but it still bugs me. Yes. Yes, I did. Which is why you are upset with me. So don’t say that I didn’t. I did.)

    Thank you, Tamara. Such a good way to start a morning – getting the rant out. 🙂

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I figured we could all use a little laugh after pouring our hearts out for a week. 😉

      • http://whoivealwaysbeen.blogspot.com Carolyn

        Ain’t that the truth! 😉

    • http://anneschilde.wordpress.com Anne Schilde

      IKR? I actually saw some one type out, “Oh Em Gee!” Now how ridic is that? Epic fail! LOL

      Tongue-in-cheek aside, “For reals” (also realz) and “OMG” were on my nails-to-the-chalkboard list.

      • http://onechubbymama.wordpress.com Domestic Goddess in Training

        I am with Anne! “OMG” gets on my last nerve.
        My 7-year-old has recently starting saying it and it kills me every time. This post was extremely timely for me since I just spent a few minutes venting to my husband about that acronym.

        • http://twitter.com/belun_ Alexandru Repede (@belun_)

          i’m afraid you will not get rid of this anytime soon… as our online behavior will be ported directly to live person-to-person communication. gap in our ‘design’ (as humans), i guess. i found myself using omfg…

        • http://impassionedplatypi.wordpress.com impassionedplatypi

          ‘OMG’ is an initialism, not an acronym.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com LarryTheDeuce

    OMG!!! This made me ROTFL

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I’m so glad. Just know that I’m now picturing you squealing “Oh em gee” like a teeny-bopper.

  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony J. Alicea

    Only one I haven’t heard of is Natch. What the heck is that?

    And yes, speak English people. Nothing worse than an adult speaking like a 12 year old.

    • http://www.facebook.com/carey.gregg Carey Schmitz Gregg

      Natch = Naturally. I think I’ve only ever seen it written, usually in Hollywood “reporting” magazines. I feel certain there are people who say this word out loud; I just don’t happen to know them, thankfully.

    • http://twitter.com/timcthefilmguy Tim Cocking (@timcthefilmguy)

      way more common in England than the States

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I know, right? 😉

    • http://www.joyinthisjourney.com Joy

      Oh dear. How terrible to confess that, while I too didn’t know what “natch” meant, I assumed it was a derogatory term for a woman’s anatomy.

      *hangs head in shame*

      • http://www.heydonna.com Donna

        Joy! I’m cracking up!! you’re missing a letter for “natch” to mean that .. heee hee

      • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

        Hahahaha! I actually almost went for the joke in the post on that one, but I decided to try my hand at appropriate humor. *snort!*

      • http://www.findmeinseptember.net erinbeth


    • http://theoryofstring.wordpress.com superstring868

      haha… I also assumed Natch was some sort of slang for anatomy.
      **picks mind up from gutter** ^_^

      It sounds very Hollywood though…
      and I am quite guilty of saying Oh Em Gee in public =)

  • http://whileitwasfallingapart.wordpress.com Joy

    Prolly. No, it is probably!! Seriously? No, I’m just kidding. Yes I’m serious, do I look funny? Do I amuse you?

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ew, that’s a good one. Prolly should’ve added it to the list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carey.gregg Carey Schmitz Gregg

    This is not a pop culture reference, although it probably started out that way. But seeing as I just had the conversation with my 7-year-old last night, and now I’m reading this first thing in the morning, it seems apropros:

    No offense. If you have to add this phrase to the end of your sentence, you are being offensive. Which means you probably shouldn’t have said it in the first place. My first grader told me yesterday that a girl in his class often tells him lovely things such as, “You sound like a dying pig when you sing…no offense.” Or the ever-popular, “You’re not my friend anymore…no offense.” I told him that she is actually being rude, and it’s OK to tell her, “Well, I am offended.” How would a 6-year-old know to say, “No offense” on a regular basis? Oh yeah…nasty parents. Nice. Can’t wait to meet them at the next class party.

    Didn’t mean to have a serious rant on your extremely funny post that you KNOW I thoroughly enjoyed! Little Girl just brought out the mama bear in me last night! 🙂

    • http://www.facebook.com/carey.gregg Carey Schmitz Gregg

      Crap. Meant “apropos” NOT “apropros.” That was a simple typo, not misuse of a phrase. No really, I swear!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I hope you do meet the parents, and I hope you tell them, “No offense, but your kid is a turd.”

      • http://excelfantasyfootball.wordpress.com John Broberg

        hahahahaha! 😀 That’s a good one.

    • http://aupairreport.wordpress.com lrorschach

      I actually remember being on the receiving end of a “no offense” line. I was 7. And the perpetrator DID have a terrible mother who was aware enough to call her own child a little turd (she actually did this in public with great regularity: “stop whining, you little turd”). So I guess it all makes sense where it came from in the first place.

  • http://lifebeforethebucket.blogspot.com Adrian W

    Every time I say “Just sayin” on accident, my wife gives me the evil eye(s).

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Now you know why. 😀

  • http://bennisinc.wordpress.com Stephanie Bennis

    This is hilarious and very true! …Or should I say “Hilar”

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Totes should’ve said, “Hilar.” (Thanks!)

  • http://www.curlyme.com Charlotte DeMolay

    You had me at Just saying’ That phrase is like nails on a chalk board to me!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      “You had me at”– now that, I think, is a useful expression!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1553906570 Karen Moret Harrison

    “Pwned” – pronounced like “owned” with a “p”. I think it means “I just really embarrassed you so now I own you!” but I’m not sure. I guess that’s an epic fail on my part.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      *snort!* I think it just means you’re not a video gamer. 🙂

  • http://larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

    When somebody refers to their vacation as “vacay” I want to punch them in the throat. But usually I just wince instead.

    • http://rasjacobson.com Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson

      Hey Larry, I thought I was the only one runnin’ round wanting to punch people in their throats.

      We should probably not hang out.

      Just sayin’. 😉

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I think if you say “vacay,” you automatically forfeit your rights to not-fully-said vacation.

    • http://normalstepfather.wordpress.com fornormalstepfathers

      I think “punchay” is okay in this situaltion.Totally! 🙂

  • http://rasjacobson.com Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson

    I hate when people use text speak. This is probably why I don’t like to send or receive texts. As a college instructor, I see “ur” way too often — instead of “your” or “you’re.” And I see “2” instead of to, too or two. Some folks had admitted to me that they truly do not know the correct usage. This is true for contractions and apostrophes and commas as well and I think it is really sad. Plus it speaks to the fact that if a person practices something incorrectly repetitively, that person will never learn the correct way of doing something. I have a big problem with that. On a hundred levels.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I hate texting, too. I take a ridiculous amount of time typing out the whole words I want to use because I can rarely bring myself to use the text abbreviations– and that’s even in an appropriate context! Never mind using text-speak in person.

      • http://peanutbuttercupmoment.tumblr.com/ TJ

        Oh, good. I’m glad that I’m not the only one who feels the need to write correctly…even in a text message.

        • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

          We are a rare and proud breed. 🙂

          • http://www.facebook.com/carey.gregg Carey Schmitz Gregg

            Add me to that list. And I hate texting for the same reason–takes me forever to write it all out properly!

    • http://kurateesi.wordpress.com Kurateesi

      As someone who doesn’t natively speak the language, I find it really strange that so many people that do so have difficulties using the words “your” and “you’re” correctly. I guess the internet really makes you stupid.

      • http://unseenandunheard.wordpress.com The Unseen and Unheard

        I agree with that! I’m not a native speaker either, but I don’t see the problem in using “your” and “you’re” in the right places. I’m really fascinated by English-speaking people who don’t know how to use those words. It’s their native language, for God’s sake!

    • http://mmm3sarah.wordpress.com m3cubed

      I agree wholeheartedly! If we’re going to form habits, why not make them good ones! Great comment!

  • http://ironicmom.wordpress.com Leanne Shirtliffe

    I know as an English teacher I’m supposed to support traditional language and all, but I’m going to go against the grain here.

    I like the language changes. I think language gives youth a healthy way to rebel, to show they’re different than adults, to make something their own. In the 50s there was groovy. In the 80s there was rad. In 2020, there will be something that makes our faces wrinkle even more.

    Plus, language truncates over time (Oxford English Dictionary removed 50,000 hyphens a couple of years ago).

    But…does that we mean we have to like it? Nope.

    My teacher-ly challenge is to help students figure out when it’s rude or inappropriate to use “epic fail” and “ridic.”

    Just sayin.


    • Stephen A

      I think I have to agree to an extent. The fun thing about language is that it is a massive cultural laboratory where phrases and words are tried out for a bit and then catch on (cool) or die the slow death of outmoded slang. And let’s be honest, English has pillaged other languages for words with impunity. Not that there aren’t phrases that drive me up the wall (“love on”–I know you’ve written on this one Tamara). What’s interesting about these examples is that they show the slippage that is happening between primarily written forms (texting and Twitter) and spoken language. Either way, my guess is that most of these examples won’t make it far on the linguistic food chain before they’re devoured by some new (and equally bothersome) phrases (at which point we can all enjoy Tamara’s send-up of all those newfangled monstrosities).

      • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

        You’re right– it’s that slippage that’s so annoying when unchecked. And you know I’ll be on it as soon as the new iteration comes about. 🙂

      • Paula

        You wrote: “… is that they show the slippage between primarily written forms (texting and Twitter)” | STOP | “primarily written forms (like texting and Twitter) STOP … | brain is re-wiring | “primarily written forms (like texting and Twitter)” | STOP | No, can’t do it. I thought the words “primarily written forms” would be followed by words like “articles, short stories, essays, poetry, plays, novels, fiction, biography, film adaptation, song lyrics and ‘much much more’).” It’s downright disheartening as a songwriter to see the world of language reduced to 140-character spills of thought with no room for the melody created by the marriage of vowels and consonants sonically careening around in your mind as you read them, to arise. Not that explicit and succinct isn’t a good verbal – cerebral skill to master, like Charades, but with far-reaching social impact, regimes toppling and all. Being from a generation where the boon of economy of words hadn’t been assigned to social networks, I hold dear to the archaic forms, all the while wanting to keep up with this interesting journey of language, seeing the value, but feeling vaguely sentimental and proprietary about using language to make a point, but to do so with the utmost respect for its ability to create a hypnotic lyric content, as much as to incite, lull, ignite and inform in truncated words and phrases. I guess how we each use language is a reflection of who we are and what we want to happen in that moment when we pick up an iPad, turn it on its side to access the keyboard, or pick up a pencil, put an eraser on it, speak ones heart, and stick a stamp on an envelope and stuff it in, or flip open our Macbook Pro and go to webmail, or turn on a digital recorder, or pick up the land line, or yell across the fence to our neighbor over morning coffee, or howl at the heavens when after nine months of no rain (I currently reside in Central Texas) you hear thunder and feel the first spatter of rain hit your skull, or open your mouth to sing the first lines of a song, or whisper to your dog as you rub her belly, asking her if she’s dreaming about rabbits back in Sopchoppy where we lived when she roamed freely and caught squirrels and chased dear in her younger years. Or when you hear the syncopated, rhythmic grooves uttered in staccato rhythms from hip hop homeys, fashioned from homewords, carved words, truncated and scarred words, remnants of life’s hard won triumphs and still-plaguing injustices, stitched together methodically, patiently into in a soft, thick cotton rug of collected, ironed-flat, and needle-stiched rags, richly faded, symbolic of struggle and determination to overcome poverty’s wounds, a balm and a bugle call announcing its presence. Or laughed – now how do you spell a human laugh — it would be like trying to spell a Beethoven sonata. Oh yeah, let’s see, that’s been done — the Swingle Singers, a singles a cappella group from the early sixties, interpreted classical, jazz and other genres into a rich scat-based reperatoire, and then of course there is scat – another spoken form, improvisational, twisting language to create an emotional statement, intelligent, unique, informed by the language of music itself.

        So many ways to let language carry us forward into connection. The repetitive inane slang, I agree, are passing notes in the grand scheme of the history of communication as various groups and individuals experiment with connecting in meaningful ways with each other, their peers, authority figures, enemies, lovers. Thank god for these little characters that carry us into innocence by the act of stringing them together to fashion “words” and statements.

        Well. Now you know why I don’t text and haven’t found it very easy to use Twitter. Still I’m learning to do it, because it’s a good tool in the context in which it’s used. I’m not so sure about texting, because it’s 1) dangerous when people text and drive, and 2) people ignore people and human interaction because their poor heavy heads are continually bowed in a state of rapture hearing the click of their thumbnails and fingerpads on the little lettered squares and the jumping lights of the tiny screen. Hoping, pavlovian-style, for a quick confirmation of their clever existence, when a really beautiful conversation-in-passing was lost, because she, never looked up to see the guy at the next table observing her eyes and forming words in his mind to say to her. I took my dog for a walk the other day. A young boy came out of his door and walked over to me and started to walk with me. He admired my Husky, made pleasant conversation, told me about his dog, was upbeat, but sweet, calm. Walked with me down the block and around the corner, without invitation, assuming that this sort of interaction was normal. Invited me to wait outside his house while he went in to get his dog. He wanted to introduce us. I declined, but I was struck by the oddity of the meeting, how natural and human it was, and by how long it had been since that had happened last. It caught me by surprise, and I liked it. I felt I was 14 again and back in my home town, walking with a good friend, shooting the breeze. He could have spoken French, I wouldn’t have cared. He wasn’t carrying a cell phone, he wasn’t texting while talking, he was present, he looked me in the eye, and I felt I’d made a friend.

        • http://gravatar.com/pistrucciartworks Angela

          Excellent lingo remix

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I tend to be 2/3 proscriptivist, 1/3 descriptivist. I don’t mind language changes per se; It’s the annoying ones I hate. 🙂

    • http://rasjacobson.com Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson

      Monkey actually says “ROT-FUL” to indicate ROTFL. Even at age 12, he thinks these abbreviations are dorky. He’s gets all indignant: “Are people actually rolling on the floor?”

      That is redic. #IYKWIM.

    • http://sixringcircusdotcom.wordpress.com Annie

      Where did “epic fail” come from? My kids have started using that. I can’t say I like it, but I grin and bear it. As one who went through the Valley Girl talk craze (cringe), today’s new lingo doesn’t bothering me much.

      • http://excelfantasyfootball.wordpress.com John Broberg

        Do you want your kids to stop saying it? Then, start saying it often, and especially in front of their friends. hahaha As parents, we have the power to take all of the coolness out of catch-phrases (and fashions). For example, young people stopped saying “bling” once their parents starting using it freely.

      • http://collegealternative.wordpress.com Tim Daly

        “Epic fail” is a gaming reference. World of Warcraft uses the word epic for high level gear and fail is just an obnoxious way to say “you lose”. A lot of the pop-culture lingo lately comes out of gaming culture.

  • http://movethemountains.blogspot.com ChadJ (randomlychad)

    This post is full of win!


    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Well played, sir.

      • http://movethemountains.blogspot.com ChadJ (randomlychad)

        Thank-you! We aim to please. 😉

  • http://ramblingwithbarba.wordpress.com Ken Hagerman

    For me, the sum of these phrases is to the English language what line dancing is to dancing. People who can’t dance line dance. Sure, there may be a few folks who aren’t rhythmically challenged that participate but as a whole line dancing was created so the Jerry Lewis types of our society could “bust a move” with the rest of us.

    Having said that, these pop culture lexicons are for the wit or snark-challenged sect of society. Created by adolescents as a tool for shoving there way in at the cool kid lunch table. These are better left at the middle school.

    Great Post.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That analogy made me el oh el, for realz. 😀

    • http://tempisfugit.wordpress.com K.L.Richardson

      OMG! I can’t even line dance! For realz…I’m so rhythm challenged I have everyone ROTFLMBFAO (one that really grates on me). At some point the letters get longer than the words they are supposed to represent….give up!

  • http://Poiema3.wordpress.com Dena G

    My “favorites” are “garb” for “garbage” and “nunya” for “none of your business”.

    There’s a time and place, in my opinion, (not “IMO”-another one!) for abbreviations &/or “text-speak” (in texting, maybe?)

    I love the fact that the English language changes and adapts to culture, but there’s definitely a limit to that love!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I’ve never heard “garb” to mean anything but clothing. Now I’ll be all the wiser if I overhear someone pointing at me and saying, “What she’s wearing is garb.” :-O

  • http://redheadmouth.wordpress.com redheadmouth

    I wrote a whole blog on Just Sayin’ and the meaning behind the ridic phrase!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara


  • http://leighkramer.com/ HopefulLeigh

    I’m guilty of the first two. And I won’t apologize for it. 🙂

    But the rest? Totally drive my crazy, along with anyone that uses text-speak. I fear younger generations will commit grammatical and spelling errors of the worst kind.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      No fear– I’m already coaching my five to be as ruthless as I am. 😉

  • Anonymous

    I particularly dislike when people say “on accident” when what they mean is “by accident”, (no offense Adrian)

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      You know what’s funny– I never hear the reverse, “by purpose” instead of “on purpose.” Hmm.

      • http://kathrynlowe.wordpress.com KL

        My five year old boy says ‘by purpose’ all the time! Since his grammar is otherwise great I let him have that one 😉
        My pet hate is ‘yous’ as in “see yous later” if talking to multiple people. Yuk! I have taught my son to bleat at his Nanna when she says that! Once we explained it to her in terms of ‘ewes’ she thought it was funny.

  • http://thebakerbee.wordpress.com thebakerbee

    Obvi. My 21 year old sorority girl sister-in-law’s favorite. I mean, it is totes her fave word.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Ooh, I’ve been tempted to use “fave.” Someone stop me!

  • http://guidetowomen.wordpress.com Sharideth Smith

    i use any and all of these with impunity. for reals.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I consider myself pwned.

  • http://tylertarver.com Tyler

    i gave my students a lecture about saying “fail” yesterday.

    having one on “pwned” today.

    i’m serious, it’s a disease.

    • http://reconcilingviewpoints.wordpress.com reconciling viewpoints

      Wait… Aren’t you a math teacher? Who cares about words? (I’m a former math teacher, so I know these things…..)

      JK! LOL! (those are two of my least favorite, especially when my teenager uses them on me.)

      • karol

        ur jk, right? i mean, seriously? (i have NO appreciation for the phrase “seriously?” as others have also stated. =)

        Mathematics without words is like a river without water. I know because I am also a former public school math teacher. Now I teach my children at home.

        I just picked up a copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte at my local library. (Does anyone still go there?) I am saddened and emabarrassed to admit that I had difficulty comprehending her preface. I am quite sure, however, that my IQ will return to normal, after many years of assault, upon the completion of this fine work.

        “Pop Culture” (unheard of before the 20th century), email and texting have and will continue to further the demise of our once great country. I do have a problem with language changing when it contributes to the declining intelligence of our youth… and adults!

        jus sayin…

        Clearly, this post hit a nerve within.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I’m so proud of you, man. Train a child up in the way he should go…

  • http://www.lifelovelibrarianship.com Elizabeth

    Mine come from the way some people (read: boys who think they are OH SO COOL) text. “Ya” instead of “you” and “prolly” instead of “probably” drive me up the wall. I also don’t like “u” instead of “you” and “2” for “to” or “too”. Why can’t you type the extra few letters?! Is that so hard??

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I hear ya. 😉

  • http://twitter.com/plancaster Patrick Lancaster (@plancaster)

    I literally grind my teeth when I hear the phrase, “Let’s UNPACK what this means” and so forth. Unfortunately, my pastor uses it frequently. Perhaps I’m being taught grace, who knew?

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      This really seems to bug you, man. Let’s unpack this.

    • http://rasjacobson.com Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson

      Wait, do you LITERALLY grind your teeth? Or do you METAPHORICALLY grind your teeth.

      That’s another peeve: the overuse of literally.

      But then I’ve never heard anyone say, “Let’s unpack what this means.” 😉

      • http://twitter.com/plancaster Patrick Lancaster (@plancaster)

        I did in fact catch myself grinding my teeth recently when he said that! Sad, I know. I don’t know why it bugs me, perhaps it’s the frequency he uses it, and the fact it sound like corporate-speak.

    • http://www.findmeinseptember.net erinbeth

      “Lets camp out on this for a while.” (as in a topic, not a nice flat area in a state park) Add that to the pastor phrase pile.

      • http://twitter.com/plancaster Patrick Lancaster (@plancaster)

        YES, I’ve heard that one used quite a bit as well, haha. Another variation: “Let’s park here…” PARK?! That word had a whoooole different meaning as a teenager 😉

  • http://reconcilingviewpoints.wordpress.com reconciling viewpoints

    I’m surprised nobody has said “Dude!”, as in calling everyone a dude, including the girls you know.

    The one that’s been driving me nuts for years is the evolution of “I couldn’t care less” into “I could care less.” If you could care less, that implies that you do actually care some and you’re saying the opposite of what you mean. Whenever I point this out to people (teens mostly), I get a blank stare because. after all, they could care less. Arrrggghhhh!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Dude, I love that word. It’s a Gen X thing, I guess. But “I could care less” drives me up a freaking wall!

    • http://www.livingthekingdom.wordpress.com Noel

      EXACTLY!!!! I thought I was losing my mind when people said “I could care less…” when they meant the opposite. What about “… or do they?” doesn’t this mean the opposite?

    • http://theflutterbyroom.wordpress.com beckireads

      Anyone who says or writes “I could care less” needs a poke with a cattle prod. It drives me nuts. It didn’t help my dislike of the phrase when someone told me it was an “acceptable use of English” because everyone uses it – really, everyone? And of course if Everyone jumped off a cliff, we’d all copy them…

      Brilliant post Tamara.

  • http://reconcilingviewpoints.wordpress.com reconciling viewpoints

    Then there’s “office speak”, which isn’t so much incorrect language usage as it is excessive use of certain phrases to the point that you start to develop a nervous tic when “leadership” (not “management”, “leadership”) speaks….

    “We need to think out of the box here. Let’s put our heads together and synergize so that we can develop an effective solution that differentiates us from our competition so we can take it to the next level and……. blah blah blah blah blah”

    Oh… back to the original question: blah blah blah…. or yada yada yada…. etc.

    • http://whoivealwaysbeen.blogspot.com Carolyn

      Office speak: “increase our efficiencies” I see that in an email about once every week or so.

    • http://www.findmeinseptember.net erinbeth

      a-flipping-men on the office speak! I sit in my sales meetings at work once a month and think,”What did she just say, really? Nothing. She just talked for thirty minutes and said absolutely nothing. She filled space with words.” And then I realize I’m digging my nails into my thigh…

    • clunkienz

      When I worked for a large corporate, we used to play ‘bullshit bingo’ (http://bullshitbingo.net/cards/bullshit/) in meetings. Make your own cards with all the words that you expect to hear! I never actually saw anyone stand up and yell, “Bullshit!”, but we did break out into peals of laughter which got us into a few scrapes!!

  • Hannah

    “It’s totes the best hun-cal fro yo!” I never said, “totes” until I saw this video. I say it frequently now, but I’ve been trying to break that habit.
    What the heck is natch?
    Probs. I say that one all the time.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      You’re adorable with your “probs,” so I’ll let it slide. And the Harvard Sailing Team cracks me up!

  • http://chaseanddonna.blogspot.com Chase

    One I have become especially sensitive to is, “I get that. I do.” I hear it mostly on television and there it appears on practically every show. Listen out for it.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That could be annoying. I get that. I do.

  • http://twitter.com/callandrarose Callie Cochrane (@callandrarose)

    Ending conversations, especially emails, with “Cheers!” I cringe every time. No one made a toast and we are not clanking glasses here. Cut it out.

    • http://larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

      Oops, I’m guilty of that one, Callie. I think that “cheers” is more of a European sign-off. At least that’s where I first heard it, from some European co-workers. I’ve used it every once in a while to sign off on casual emails. I promise to cut it out!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I love “cheers!” Sounds so British and fancy!

    • http://www.findmeinseptember.net erinbeth

      Arg! I do that. Ending emails is just so awkward. Please supply me with a non-cheesey yet cheerful and warm alternative!

      • http://reconcilingviewpoints.wordpress.com reconciling viewpoints

        “Non-cheesey yet cheerful and warm”? Most people love Cinnabon.

        Wait, you’re talking about words, not food…..

        That’s a tough one because everyone’s definition of cheesey is different. I typically use variations on “Talk to you later” which is ironic because I’m writing, not talking. Have a “go to” phrase with variations based on who you’re talking to?
        “Later, dude!” for your friends. “Later, chiclet” for the gum-smacking teenage girl. “Hasta luego” for the multicultural contact. “Tah Tah for now!” for the Tigger fans, though that’s starting to sound British again. Then you’ve got your abbreviated signoffs — TTFN, TTYL, CYA (no, not cover your ass… See ya).
        And actually, the simplest yet possibly most profound signoff that I use relatively often:

      • http://cmxstevenson.wordpress.com cmxstevenson

        Lately I’ve been using “take care” for friends and family. Seems to warm things up a tad.

        Take care,


  • Chris

    Those are all good ones. Two more come to mind:

    1. “FTW” – this simply means too many things. if you’re NOT referencing Hollywood Squares (which you aren’t), then I’m not enthused by your “victory”. Or, if you’re THAT negative about the world, please seriously consider sharing those feelings with a professional, rather than everyone within range of your Facebook feed.
    2. “prolly” – probably not going to text you back if that’s a part of your ‘cabulary.

    Whatever, though.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I enjoy a well-timed “FTW,” but then I take it for its more uplifting meaning. Bryan always reads it the other way, so I try not to use it with him. 🙂

  • clunkienz

    Cheers has been used as goodbye (in written form) for ages… no idea where that came from.
    11 year-old came home yesterday saying that she’s hearing a new one that even she doesn’t understand – “bots”… means something like, “you’re boasting” maybe? Refreshing to hear that she finds it weird El Oh El…

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Wow, I do not understand “bots” at all. Kids these days.

  • Hanna

    I can’t stand when people say “Really!?” or “Seriously!?”….drives me nuts!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Really? I’m guilty of that one. 🙂

  • http://love146.org/ Rob Morris

    ’nuff said.” Hate it.

    On a side note… We actually pick an annoying, overused word of the day in our office & when anyone says it, the entire place screams like in the old Pee Wee Herman shows. Seems to radically cut down on the use of annoying words or phrases.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That is *genius*!

    • http://www.joyinthisjourney.com Joy

      Where’s the like button??? I love this!

    • http://rasjacobson.com Renée A. Schuls-Jacobson

      Please tell me where you work.
      I want to come and observe this.
      And relish the memory of it.
      Every day for the rest of my life.
      Does your office have a Chair-y, too?
      What about a Globe-y?
      Meckaleka-Hi Mekaheiny-ho!
      Heh heh!
      (I swear, I will not be all stalkerish-y.)

    • http://momsomniac.wordpress.com/ momsomniac

      If we are all on the same page, we could drink the Kool-aid and pro-actively think outside the box while finding our efficiencies, so that we’d be in right seat on the bus while running this to ground.

      I must also come work with you.

      p.s. Tamara – You win the internets! Natch. Just sayin’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Charlespechonick C Raymond Pechonick

    The one that drives me crazy is when people put sauce on the end of a word… The one I see most often being Awesomesauce. I just sounds stupid even more so if it comes from an adult.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I feel like it makes it gross. I would love to be awesome; I’d prefer not to be covered in awesomesauce.

    • http://www.findmeinseptember.net erinbeth

      What about when people add balls to the end of amazing to create the oh so mature and classy, amazeballs! Really. You are gonna walk around and just say that crap when you’re a grown-ass woman? Amazeballs.

  • http://www.sochesays.tumblr.com Chelsea K.

    I get it, but seems like a little thing to get upset over.

    How many people might have been turned away from your strong message simply because they speak like this. Silly. This seems more fit to be a quick rant on a twitter account where only 140 characters are allotted than on an entire blog post. Then again, it is your blog.

    (NOT) just sayin.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Totes just my sense of humor. 😀

  • http://theacuffamily.wordpress.com The Acuff Family

    Is this how you roll? Because I hate how people roll? This is so funny! But, I hate LOL, too. And, for the above people, I always say, “dude” and “seriously?” My brother posted on his facebook wall last week for anyone who uses the phrase “just sayin'” to never post on his wall ever again.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Your brother is hardcore! I like how he rolls.

  • http://chrisvonada.com Chris Vonada

    you touched on it above… epic… i’m just over Epic.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      “Over it.” Now that’s one I still want to keep around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.jemison Lisa Jemison

    Just sayin’ has been driving me crazy for months. No kidding! Isn’t that why those words just came out of your mouth?

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Glad you’re pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down.

  • http://tousledapostle.wordpress.com jamieahughes

    There’s “prly” and “srsly,” which some people pronounce phonetically. :-/

    I also hate “You feel me?” and “That’s dank.”

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      What the heck is “that’s dank?!” You know what– I’m not sure I want to know.

      • http://tjjohnston.wordpress.com TJ Johnston

        Another definition of “dank” is used to describe fine quality pot. In his 15 minutes of fame afforded by David Letterman, Manny the Hippie would praise the weed he scores as “dank;” if it was exceptional, “diggity dank.”

        And here I am thinking it’s used to describe a deep, dark hole in the ground!

    • JerryO

      I frequently used the phrase “that’s dank” when I was in Junior High School in the early 80’s. For me, it was an expression of disgust or disapproval primarily based on the definition of the word dank itself.
      dank /daNGk/
      Adjective: Disagreeably damp, musty, and typically cold.
      However, I think it has taken on different meanings since then.

      As for the LOL’s, ROTFL’s, and LMAO’s, I have to say that I very rarely find the postings of my FaceBook friends cause me to actually laugh out loud. Never have I rolled on the floor while laughing, and my derriere is still in tact, so the latter two examples do not apply to my purpose at all. I would, however, like to implement the term LQTM (Laughing quietly to myself), to be used in those occasions when I find things to be mildly amusing and not quite worthy of a full LOL.

  • http://thatguykc.wordpress.com ThatGuyKC

    This reminds me of Taylor Mali’s spoken word poem, “Like ya know?”

    I’m with you on most of the list, especially “totes” and “el oh el”. As long as “dude” remains in the OutLoud dictionary we’re cool.

    Just sayin’. (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Dude, you know I’ll never strike “dude” from the list. And I love that Taylor Mali piece!

    • http://peanutbuttercupmoment.tumblr.com/ TJ

      Hey, I was thinking about this video, too, when I read this post! =)

  • http://www.hagermans.blogspot.com Christie

    I am ROTFL at this post. UNPACK and EMBRACE really put me over the edge. Every now and then I hear somebody decide to use them together (“Let’s unpack this scripture and embrace what God’s called us to be.”) OMG!!! It’s enough to make me want to scream. Did “unpack” come from all the talk about the baggage we carry around? It automatically puts me in the mindset of watching those 2 AM infomercials for self-help gurus.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I can totally hear a 2am self-help guru using both “unpack” and “embrace.” Ha!

  • http://twitter.com/SisterSadist Cam (@SisterSadist)

    I hate FTW (for the win) and FTL (for the lose). Mostly because they were over used in MMORPGs before they were ever actually used on the rest of the internet. It was the worst when a girl friend of mine who has never played an online game in her life used it recently in person. “Look! I found these great shoes on sale. For the win!”

    I totes wanted to flash a LOLcat that said EPIC FAIL!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      I love it when you talk nerdy, Cam. 😉

  • http://www.joyinthisjourney.com Joy

    I am SO with you on just sayin’. Makes me crazy.

    I used to go to this support group for moms with special needs kids, and they were sweet ladies… but every single one of them ended their stories with “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.” Every time. I still don’t understand it.

    I also have to add “I die” to the list — usually used in reference to a super-cute child or child’s accessory.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      It sounds like these ladies were constantly under suspicion of fabricating tales. Weird!

  • okiewife

    All these comments have been very entertaining. I’ve laughed out loud, snorted, and even cackled once. There, I commented without using any of those inappropriate words. Until now…like ya know?

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      That’s what I’m sayin’.

  • http://www.mandiemariebee.wordpress.com Mandie

    The other day I heard a girl say “she was totes jelly.” JELLY. As in jealous. It took awhile before I understood what she was saying. JELLY. Cue eye twitch.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Aaargh! And you must have to endure this a lot as a teacher. My condolences.

  • http://peanutbuttercupmoment.tumblr.com/ TJ

    This was a great post…and so were the comments!

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Thanks! The comments have me ROFL.

  • http://www.findmeinseptember.net erinbeth

    I would like to apologize. I am pretty sure I created “Just sayin'” (don’t be jelly just embrace it). You prolly think it was an epic fail on my part. But, that’s just ’cause you aren’t use to amazesauce (no offense). And I just really can’t help you with that. You’re gonna have to unpack that on your own. This is just how I roll. If you don’t like what I’m puttin’ down you need to step.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Oh, snap!

  • http://gravatar.com/lowsaltfoods pravinjeya

    What does ‘natch’ mean anyway? I have seen it, usually in american texts, but cannot work it out from the context.

    As for ‘just saying’, I must pleiad guilty. But my understanding is that it’s not meant as a phrase to cover one’s back for saying something controversial…at least I thought it was about pointing out the obvious flaw or logic in an argument and thus quite a handy philosophical device. Could be wrong though.

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

      Natch= naturally.

      I think that, either way, the phrase adds weakness to the argument. But that’s JMHO. 😉

    • http://bobpolecat.wordpress.com bobpolecat

      Prav – before “just saying” became overused, it wasn’t really about pointing out an obvious flaw or logic in an argument. It was originally said after casually stating an opinion and it generally meant that you weren’t going to fight about it or take any sort of action at all because you were… “just saying”.

  • clunkienz

    I think ‘natch’ is naturally? Prolly…

    • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara


  • http://twitter.com/emileeshake Emilee Shake (@emileeshake)

    I’m guilty of regularly using 3 of the words/phrases you mentioned. I also tend to say “presh” for precious, “delish” for delicious, and “profesh” for professional. 🙂

    Entertaining post!

  • Ale

    Okay this was not on the list but I am adding it. My biggest pet peeve is when people type symbols for letters, use numbers for letters, or simply type an upside down letter. For example:” h!t m3 up” (I couldn’t think of more). That is one of my biggest pet peeves, Just sayin’. 😉 Oh! And I am GUILTY of using “seriously” all the time. Sorry!

    • http://eroom306.wordpress.com eroom306

      “Yo son!” is one for me…not everyone is a parent and not every parent can be a parent and must be said by those old enough and matured enough to be parents as well. There is a sense of responsibility in uttering the word “son”, I believe.

  • Marily

    I love this post. AWESOME!!!! God is awesome. The grand canyon is awesome. Little day to day activities, not awesome and makes the word meaningless and trivial. Awesome should never be trivial.

  • http://amillionpointsofgrace.wordpress.com meicemen

    You ever notice that the teens today with their lingo that we don’t understand, think that the “valley girl” speak from the 80’s is weird??? AS IF…….

  • http://randomlychad.com ChadJ (randomlychad)

    This epic post reminded me just why I “hate” Tamara with ludic amounts of amazeball hatred:

    Six Reasons Why I “Hate” Tamara Outloud

  • http://gagangupt16.wordpress.com GG

    Hahaha… One good post. Just loved it…

  • http://larosson.wordpress.com larosson

    Uh oh. Sorry. I am one of these people. I say totes and lol (although I don’t spell it out as L-O-L like that!) and I say whatevs. (Usually all in a ironic way, though.) I also say ‘I know, right?’ but I’ve deliberately tried to stop myself doing that now because I was even annoying myself. I sometimes catch myself saying soz, which is heinous. I too hate the phrase ‘just saying’ though – but usually because people say it right after they’ve insulted you or said something really offensive. In which case I just want to punch them in a bad, bad place.

  • http://wadingacross.wordpress.com wadingacross

    Well, you’ve been Pressed again! Some bloggers have it I guess…

    Anyhow, “like” and “you know” are my two pet peeves, more so because I occasionally slip and use them in regular dialogue. Aargh!

    When I was a kid, I recall “mint” being the word of choice in New York for anything that was “cool”. I understood it, but still thought it absurd.

    “Not”, on the other hand, I liked… and, showing my age… I still say it.

  • http://theatheleseries.wordpress.com eritta

    I am so guilty of almost all of these and yet I agree with you whole heartedly! I am ashamed 🙂

  • http://imfinallyfree.wordpress.com nvchad2

    This was a pretty interesting topic.

    I personally hate people saying “Audi” when they’re leaving. Like they mean to say “out” but they want to make it sound like the car…you hear it a lot when u sell car parts all day. But I’m just sayin’ 🙂


  • http://deborahbryan.wordpress.com Deborah the Closet Monster

    Bwahaha! I have this post in my inbox still, so yay for seeing it as an FP post! I started looking at it last night while walking the dog and cheered, for I too have cursed the phrase “just sayin’.”

    I’m sure there are others that make my blood boil, but it’s “just sayin'” that’s right there at the surface.

  • http://nonstepmom.wordpress.com Nonstepmom

    “True Dat”……Yes, I’m agreeing with previous comments but also adding to the list. This one is like nails down a chalkboard !

  • Colleen Newvine Tebeau

    One of my mom’s funny little personality ticks was that she continued to use pop culture catch phrases long, long after everyone else had stopped — so she was still saying “get a life” and “been there, done that,” years after they were trendy.

    I think that sensitized me to the rise and fall of slang and phrases, and how people like the familiarity of using phrases everyone else is because it’s sort of a signal you’re part of the tribe.

    But warm fuzzy empathy aside, where did “whole entire” come from? As in “I saw the whole entire thing happen.” One or the other will get the job done, both is just redundant. And repetitive.

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  • http://www.taylormoseleyjewelry.wordpress.com Taylor Moseley

    Ha! I find this really funny b/c I just posted a blog called:
    “Festival Booth Fails {10 Etiquette Mistakes}”
    Don’t hate me. 😉

  • http://jlsalinger.wordpress.com jlsalinger

    Great post! I can’t stand when people say “shut the front door”!

  • http://runningforautism.com runningforautism

    I know someone who’s always asking for my “take” on things. I don’t have a “take” on anything. What the hell is that supposed to mean? What’s wrong with having an opinion instead?

  • http://brainmuffinsandheartcookies.wordpress.com crimsonlocks

    There were so many comments, I wasn’t able to read them all, so this might be a repeat. But I’m so SICK of hearing about celebrities “baby bumps.” Used to it seemed to only be used for celebrities, but now I have friends saying it and it just makes me want to vomit. Shortened forms of words get on my nerves too, but I have no idea what “totes” is short for. lol I’ve never heard that one.

    This isn’t quite the same, but another thing that bugs me is when people say, “Thing thing is…is blah blah blah.” The double “is” drives me crazy! 😛

    • http://www.facebook.com/carey.gregg Carey Schmitz Gregg

      My daughter’s cheer coach, who is in her mid-30’s and pregnant with her first baby (and an 8th grade English teacher, by the way), keeps repeatedly referring to her husband as her “baby daddy.” Make me want to vomit every time I hear it. Not cute–creepy.

      • http://brainmuffinsandheartcookies.wordpress.com crimsonlocks

        Oh yes yes yes! That’s another one that drives me nuts.

  • http://beingjewishinhawaii.wordpress.com Lorraine Gershun

    Great post. What about when people use Facebook as a verb? Ugh. That annoys me when I hear a friend say that she “Facebooked” somebody. It seems so much more offensive than Googling.

  • http://30yearsofgrowingpains.wordpress.com kianys

    Love this! Will repost on f.b. Thanks for the laugh 🙂 Congrats on making f.p. greatly deserved in my mind

  • http://brainmuffinsandheartcookies.wordpress.com crimsonlocks

    Grrr…I messed that up. lol “The thing is…is blah blah blah.” There. 🙂

  • http://www.ecc102.wordpress.com Chakam

    Ugh. I can’t believe I wasted my time coming here and reading this drivel.

    Typical nonsense. Fah.

  • http://taureanw.wordpress.com taureanw

    In regards to the Just Sayin……..you can’t see it but I have just started the “slow clap” 🙂

  • http://girlroamingaroundtheworld.wordpress.com wanderlust23

    The over use of epic annoys me to no end, not that many things in day to day life are epic.

    Not a pop culture reference but an old boss used to say irregardless all the time, smh*.

    *Had to get one in there.

  • http://7thandvine.wordpress.com conniewalden

    Thank you so much for expressing yourself clearly so that I can understand what you’re saying. Connie

  • http://bubblygirl97.wordpress.com Claire Fischer

    hahahahahahahaha!!!!!! you are TOTALLY funny!!! 🙂

  • p00lriah

    “fo’ shizzle”. lame. “dawg”. also lame.

  • fireandair

    Awesomesauce, awesometastic, and any damned childish, perky portmanteau related to the word “awesome.”

    “Made of win.” Verbs != nouns. Knock it off and grow up.

    “Meh.” Why don’t you just lift your shoulders slightly and then lower them? It’s called shrugging.

    With you on “epic fail,” “ORLY,” “YARLY,” and other similar garbage.

    I could go on. And on. LiveJournal killed the English language, I swear.

    Don’t even get me started on the way certain misspelling like “loose” for “lose” and “definately” seem to have spread through the language like genital warts in a fraternity house.

  • http://lerdely.wordpress.com Queen Linda

    I think I need to get out more. There are way too many here I just don’t recognize. I’m going to have to make a cheat sheet in case I run into any of these again. Is there a Text to English dictionary available, or am I onto something there?

  • http://nancydrew55.wordpress.com kleger
  • http://germch55.wordpress.com Gerard

    I hear ya. You know what I’m saying?

  • http://breakitdownpete.wordpress.com breakitdownpete

    I’m just sayin, you looking mighty good Ma! I know right? EL oh el, I crack my self up. Ahhhh man this is an EPIC FAIL , that’s what i’m sayin yo! When i hear this type of conversation, i want to stab myself in the eye with a pencil.

  • http://zenlifefrugal.wordpress.com zenlifefrugal

    I relate to the too many “pop” culture or other forms of shortening things for the sake of simplicity. I feel like it is a sign of laziness on the other person’s part.

  • http://echoes19.wordpress.com Samar Saleh

    I loved it just saying 😛 great blog 😀

  • vickykennedy

    This is great! So glad I’m not the only one who cringes at these! I have to add: “That awkward moment when…” annoying meme that won’t die!

  • stocktoc

    “That baby/puppy/kitten is so cute I just want to eat it up!”
    Really? That’s gross. Cannibal and/or eater of domesticated pets. Gross.

  • stocktoc

    But wait! I have more:

    presh (short for precious)

    • fireandair


  • http://onevignette.wordpress.com Leah Ferguson

    The worst? “I’m not going to lie.” Every time someone says that to me, I feel like I should thank them. “Okay, thanks. I was, um, worried?”

    Funny post!

  • http://simplermeasures.wordpress.com taylor2in2ontario

    I went through all the comments, and I don’t think I saw the word that I find to be really overused and widely misunderstood – that word being “surreal”.

    Example dialogue:

    “I went to this Gaga concert, and she played my favourite song. It was so surreal.”
    “My backpacking trip around Europe was surreal.”
    “I watched the sunset with my boyfriend last night, it was surreal.”

    I just feel as though the almost transcendent meaning of the word “surreal” is being overlooked and now the word is being used synonymously to “awesome” or “amazing”. And it seems as though sometimes it’s being used by someone as a last ditch effort at sounding educated or loquacious.

    I probably sound like some sort of prick, but there’s my two cents.

  • http://myshoebag.wordpress.com MyShoeBag

    This made me laugh

  • http://societyred.wordpress.com societyred

    Great post! A guy at work started saying “spot on” around two months ago. It spread like a bad rash. Suddenly everyone says it! Last year’s catch phrase at work was “flesh it out”…I don’t even know what that means!
    Thanks and congratulations!

  • Nikki

    Totally Hilar! 🙂 Perhaps in this category, but maybe not…
    ‘been there, done that’.
    Nails. on. chalkboard.

    • http://pixiepuddlejumper.wordpress.com pixiepuddlejumper

      I was annoyed by the over use of “nails on a chalkboard” in the comments too…

  • http://freelanceallison.wordpress.com freelanceallison

    Awesome post! The comments and really made me laugh – well done! Too add to the conversation about other annoyances:
    -wifey and hubsters , we are close enough, lets just go with first names here…. we all know who they are in relation to you, if not how about ‘my wife’ then instead of ‘the wifey’?
    -‘In all honesty’ – oo ok so up to this point what you were telling me was a lie? Ok got it….
    Again, really great list!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carey.gregg Carey Schmitz Gregg

    I’m so happy I came back and read these comments. They are awesome! (Not awesomesauce, though–that’s just weird!) Totally agree on officespeak, completely agree that I love listening to the language evolve. And I’m all over the fact that some of the evolutions will drive some of us nuts.

    I had to come back to add the one that I think we should all be making an effort to help eliminate. I see and hear teens (mostly) using it on FB and IRL all the time. It is the use of “retarded” or “retard” to insult someone or something someone does. Some of these others might drive me nuts; many of them I’m guilty of using myself–and proud of it! But, IMO, the use of the expression “retarded” or “retard” as an insult is derogatory to those who actually are mentally challenged. And I have always, and I mean since I was a very youg child, had a very serious problem with the use of any derogatory phrase.

    Sorry, Mari, I just went and got all serious on your very funny post again.

  • http://stubbornandvile.wordpress.com Stubborn

    Thank you. We needed this reminder. I actually HATE “Just Sayin'”…and I think I’ve caught myself using it once or twice recently, which makes me hate it more. I am guilty of using Epic Fail…but that’s because I play computer games…I’m now phasing that one out since the general population has picked up on it. I’d actually never heard of a few of the ones you mentioned…so maybe there is hope for those. Now, I can’t seem to stop LOL’ing…I’ll admit to that one…

  • http://pccadvantage.wordpress.com PCC Advantage

    Those are all so very annoying!! One of the ones that I can’t stand is “Like, you know?” If I’m nodding my head in agreement with you, or shaking my head in disagreement, I either know or I don’t know. Don’t ask me the question.

    Fantastic post and congrats on being Freshly Pressed! 😀

  • http://tcknextstop.wordpress.com Dounia

    This was fantastic to read. Not only did it make me laugh out loud (yes, I wrote it out, no LOLs happening here), but it also made me so happy to read those points, because I agree with every single one, especially the part about not finishing the words. Thanks for putting that out there and putting a big smile on my face! And congrats on freshly pressed!

  • http://girlonthecontrary.wordpress.com girlonthecontrary

    Consider me phrase shamed. I say a lot of these. (Blushes) But, I swear, I only use them when I think it makes whatever I’m saying funnier.

  • http://prawnandquartered.wordpress.com Howlin’ Mad Heather

    I’m sure this may have been said already, but enough with the text-ese used in conversations. I want to feel as if I’m speaking with an educated person, not some textaholic. LOL…Love Our Language. Congratulations on being FP! And another per peeve: people inserting ‘you know’ as a catch-all between every few words.

  • http://yourpaljason.wordpress.com Jason

    I absolutely hate when someone says the word wicked in front of another exclamation. For example, wicked cool! Please stop. How do we stop this?!?!?!?

    • http://momsomniac.wordpress.com/ momsomniac

      leave Maine? : )

  • http://thekatesilver.com Kate Silver

    Thank you thank you thank you for this list. “Natch” and “Just sayin'” drive me crazy. I’d like to add these:
    First-world problem.


  • http://petulantpanda.wordpress.com petulantpanda

    I wholeheartedly agree! Every time someone says “Just sayin'” it makes me want to start “just slappin'”. It is the worst kind of verbal tick, because it makes your speech both redundant and tentative. Thank you Tamara, for reals.

  • http://anneschilde.wordpress.com Anne Schilde

    Admitting to being as guilty as anyone of forgetting myself, I’ve never been fond of:

    Word. [fill in the blank please]
    Homes. A neighborhood or a few scattered ones?

  • http://highfiverson.wordpress.com sai04a

    you’d be suprised how often people say “I’m just talking outloud” rather than “I’m just thinking outloud” …. drives me nuts!! love the post 🙂

  • http://natureintheburbs.wordpress.com natureintheburbs

    How about “You guys” which is used by almost every waiter or waitress, as in, “Can I get you guys anything else?”

  • littlerhody

    Props, Apps (as in appetizers or as in applications) and hella (SF) ..I really hate asking my kids what something means…..! Thanks for sharing! Aren’t you just so “presh”?

  • http://vampjezzc.wordpress.com Vampjezzc

    I agree completely. I have two teenage brothers and so sick of hearing the word epic and fail everyday. I would also add “derp”and “cool beans.” Good post 🙂

  • http://cyclingunbound.wordpress.com Fred Olllinger

    I especially despise being called “dog”. I know that it’s just a thing to say, but I don’t like to be called a canine.

    I wish ppl would just use my (one syllable) name.

    If someone wants to have a cute nickname for me, they can call me “sir.” 🙂

  • drakonig

    Wow! And I complain about the same thing in spanish. Apparently english language inspires more linguistic depravity.

  • http://mybusinessaddiction.wordpress.com Kemi

    I’ve never heard of many of these. I had to think to figure it out so it’d be sooo frustrating talking to someone to talked like this! Really funny post! K

  • http://arielinlondon.wordpress.com Ariel Price

    Hilarious! So true. “Totes” is one of my biggest pet peeves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1050822628 Monique Belair-Kovalenko

    Anyone mention, “whatnot”?
    Drives me batty!

  • http://arobotwithumanparts.wordpress.com John Smith

    That was awesome my favorite is the texting out loud, rather then speaking! Anyhow, I’m brand new to this site and blogging but I have a lot to say too. Please check out my blog arobotwithumanpart’s and I’ll continue to check you out! If you have any advice on how to get started I’m all ears!

  • fireandair

    “More X than an X-ful thing.” Another LiveJournalism that should have died when that blasted site turned into little more than a Russian dating service.

  • http://justmissie.wordpress.com missiesan

    Just sayin’ your post is “so legit”!

    Nuff said.

  • http://kjpgarcia.wordpress.com kjpgarcia

    “Know what I mean?”
    Holler, or maybe it’s Hollah.
    “For real though”
    And ‘S’ being added to words/places i.e. Walmarts.

  • sarahpalma

    Jeal-O…Just sayin’…

  • sarahpalma

    That’s a new one^

  • http://theycallmejane.wordpress.com Jane

    (I know, right?) Such a fun read! (But hanging my head in shame because I am guilty of a few of these phrases. Just sayin’)

  • http://piperbayard.wordpress.com Piper Bayard

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! My kids try to speak to me in text, and I refuse to acknowledge them until they actually say words. Sheesh! Great post, Tamara.

  • http://blogzemog.wordpress.com blogzemog

    The one that drives me crazy is: “It is what it is” oh is it? And just WHT is ‘IT’? Furthermore, sometimes I choose to believe that
    “IT ISN’T what (you might think) it is.” …I just preferred when people simply said “oh well.” =)

  • http://jlee5879.wordpress.com jlee5879

    WOW! You people all take yourselves wayyy to seriously.

    Chillax losers!!!!!!!!


  • http://jlee5879.wordpress.com jlee5879

    Oh and that is to be “too.”
    I might speak dumb, but I’m not dumb.

  • http://haroldwoodcrafting.wordpress.com Harold

    Congrats u r FP! Totes! I’m down with it! L8r 🙂

  • Shane Sullivan

    I’ve always hated the witchou that American rap artists use instead of “with you.” great post. I hadn’t heard totes and hilarbefore.

  • moniqueb

    Since the comments have dipped into the topic of text messaging and how its abbreviations creep into places where it doesn’t belong, I just received a note from my children’s school this week that indicated that an event had been “cxl’d.” Seriously. Is it that much trouble to type the four additional characters that it would have taken to write *cancelled?* And these people are teaching my children!

    • moniqueb

      That should read, ” . . . abbreviations creep into places where they don’t belong . . . .”

  • http://pamelablair.wordpress.com pamelablair

    Very “legit” post. 😉 I couldn’t agree more.

  • NV

    Wow! I didn’t (& still don’t) know what some of those words meant (mean).
    I use a couple a lot, but hilarious post.

  • http://menmyselfandgod.wordpress.com Patia

    Great blog! Here’s on that grinds my gears: using the word literally when you are speaking figuratively.

    Example: OMG, She was so effing embarassed she, literally, almost died. It was hilar.

    Kill me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.romant John Romant

    Gave me a good laugh. We all were thinking it.

  • http://onewomansperspective02.wordpress.com Rebecca Carney – One Woman’s Perspective

    Love the post!!! Prolly is one of my least favorite words, tied with “for relz.” Love the Taylor Mali video!! I get so tired of lazy speakers and writers!! They’re everywhere! Everyone has cute little things they say, “-isms” that are unique and cute to that particular person…but some of these are getting out of hand! Never heard of “totes,” though.

  • http://wastenotwantmore.wordpress.com Rose

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • http://foundobjectbeachart.wordpress.com fireygoddess

    you’ve had a great response to a funny article. right on. I agree with your sentiments and feel weird texting “u” instead of “you” but I still do it. enjoyable post

  • http://joaquinbarroso.com joaquinbarroso

    Great post! Very witty and funny. These kind of expressions are also available in Spanish. Here in Mexico it has become ubiquitous to say “all that is” or “all which is” e.g. A carpenter might say “I work with all that/which is wooden furniture”; A waiter might say “Our hamburgers carry all which is ketchup and mustard”. Its hard to translate; its even harder to bear! I mean, remove those words and it all makes sense, sounds better, etc. Another common mistake here is using adjectives instead of adverbs.
    Back to English (maybe already someone commented on this) how about “No, but yeah…” So, which is it? Also the excessive use of “whatever” and “like” and “totally” makes me cringe.
    Congrats on being fresh pressd 😛

  • http://sharemarketing.wordpress.com Matt Hames

    Great list. The words I think should end are:

    To be honest.

    Usage: “to be honest, I’m not sure we should do that.”

    Those times you don’t declare honesty means you’re bullshitting?

  • http://leahdarnaby.wordpress.com leahdarnaby

    I too am guilty of saying some of the above phrases: fail and epic fail and I know, right? I had no idea anyone said natch but given the propensity for laziness in this country, I’m not that surprised.
    I detest the flippant use of the word nice. Seems like everything is nice.

  • http://wanderingoff.com Sarah V.

    My least favorite currently-popular phrase is…

    It is what it is.

    I’m not even sure what that means! Of course, it is what it is. It certainly isn’t what it isn’t!

  • http://twitter.com/CaroleTurner Carole Turner (@CaroleTurner)

    Ha! I actually covered this in a couple different blog post, most recently this one.. http://www.carolesmithturner.com/2011/01/haphazard-chance-fortuitous.html I get REALLY chapped at the over use of words of phrases, it’s like a pet peeve of mine.

  • http://endeshabile.wordpress.com jezibelle

    This made me “el-oh-el”… just sayin’!

    Your approach is refreshing! As a teacher, a mother, a writer, and a fellow human being, I must agree with you.

  • http://xmasters.wordpress.com xmasters

    Thanks.Nice Post 🙂

  • v1ct0r1a

    What an awesome post. I have items to add. The thing that irks me the most these days is, “It is what it is.” BARF. (I just threw up in my mouth) is another one. I especially can’t stand it when educated, influential people say that phrase, the ‘is’ phrase, not the throw up phrase, which, actually, kind of still makes me laugh.

    And as for the gaming lingo, I have two teen gaming boys in my house, and they think I’m the dorkiest of mothers when I try to ‘talk’ to them in their own dialect. Which I try to do once a week because it is just so fun to irk my children.

    There was something else, oh yes….this is a fun memory. Many many years ago I worked as temp in an office, and the head honcho, whom everyone kowtowed to, had everyone in a panic because he NEEDED ‘pressure sensitive labels’. Everyone was scrambling, and I’m like (ooh, another one) he wants sticky labels, people. Ah. Thanks for the laughs.

  • http://burnsomegoo.wordpress.com Chandragupta

    It is what it is…….’nuff said.

  • http://worldazis.wordpress.com/ Ty

    Just lovely. I haven’t been so amused in a good long while. Your take on the phrases and everyone joining in – I was simply tickled. And that ‘s not itself easy to say as a grown man with two daughters but gee, the post was swell.

  • http://stancarey.wordpress.com/ Stan

    I don’t mind daft and cutesy abbreviations like ridic and hilar, but that might be because I don’t see or hear them often. Slang usages and catchphrases tend to amuse or interest me rather than annoy me; that said, Just sayin’ rarely fails to rub me up the wrong way. Sometimes I parse it as Just annoyin’ ya now.

  • http://lindsaymuller.wordpress.com Lindsay

    I know, right? That’s what I’m saying.

  • http://howthehelldidienduphere.wordpress.com etomczyk

    The other day I said to my 27year old, Can you believe how “hep” I look in that “bad’ outfit. I think I’ll just “chill” until my “dude” gets home and then we’ll “cruise” on over to your sister’s “pad.” She looked at me like I had lost my mind. I was trying to make a point: slang has a very short shelf life.

  • http://greceln.wordpress.com greceln

    Dear Tamara,
    I’ve live in Canada most of my life and only have the slightest inkling of what’s it like in my home country, the Philippines. I get the feeling, by reading many of my cousins’ posts, using shortcuts and terms like for “for realz” are in their every day language. I think they text often and therefore would use shortcuts often.

    I did get connected to a cousin not too long ago. I do not speak my native language. Can you imagine trying to communicate with someone who not only uses shortcuts, but takes out all the vowels in their own language? I could not understand her. I couldn’t even translate what she’s saying using online free translations. I had to tell her straight up my situation and that she needs to write in English, or at the very least, proper Filipino. She replied in English, but she didn’t completely stray away from the choppy shortcuts.

    My only bad habit is using LOL when I actually think something is funny.

  • Damon Corrigan

    Yeah…no. This one makes me laugh, actually.

    My wife says it, and it’s usually when I am trying to convince her to agree to something that there is no chance at all. The “yeah” is akin to “Nice try, and I get what you are saying”.

  • http://roobo69.wordpress.com/ Robin

    Excellent. I’ve always said that there are quite enough words in the English language to just use them properly without the need to create new ones!

  • http://saskateacher.wordpress.com saskateacher

    I like the el oh el. Funny stuff.

  • http://loveashley.net Ashley

    I totes love this epic post. Hilar. Just saying.

  • http://traveldestinationbucketlist.wordpress.com Anita Mac

    Awesome! Love the post. Also didn’t know what a few of them meant! The ones that bug me the most are the letters for words (OMG etc….) For crying out loud -just say the words already. I don’t know what the letters stand for! Oh, it felt great to get that out! I guess I shall now hang my head in shame as I do say “just sayin'” as a sarcastic emphasis to some things! Oh well – sometimes it just has to be said – just sayin!!! (hee hee hee)

  • http://seameyes.wordpress.com seameyes

    I couldn’t agree more, especially with epic fail.
    In high school I’d be sitting in class and someone would drop their pencil and everyone would be like “EPIC FAIL!” and I was always like, what the hell that is barely even a fail, let alone an epic one. Totes is god awful as well.

  • http://ashleyjillian.com ashleyjillian

    lolforever, sometimes you just have to realize you’re too old fogey for a set of slang.

  • http://masauer88.wordpress.com Michelle

    My coworkers and I are always justsayin. It started out as a joke and now we can’t stop. Call it an illness, but I can’t help but justsay things (el oh el <— I actually find that one annoying)

  • http://homekettle.wordpress.com thescreamingkettle

    Second fresh press in a few months. Who are you sleeping with at WordPress? Congratulations! On being Pressed, that is. Not the other part.

  • http://chancepoe.wordpress.com chance poe

    ‘You go Girl” totally gets under my skin.. I cannot believe no one mentioned it in this thread…

  • http://edwardhotspur.wordpress.com Edward Hotspur

    Shut up. Shut up! I was all, I hate all these phrases, and then you were all like, I hate all these phrases, and I was like, awesome sauce! You are so full of win!

  • http://zoesays.wordpress.com/aboutme/ zoesays

    I still use “I know, right?” or “Right?” for short, as well as “I’m just saying,” though the latter not nearly as much as the former. I did a blog post about the merit of “I know, right?” a couple of years ago.
    I can’t STAND “totes” or “toats.”
    Fail still comes out of my mouth (or keyboard) sometimes but I agree it’s overused. For whatever reason, “epic fail” really peeves me.
    Nice list!

  • thebellezzannotebook

    I absolutely can’t stand when grown people use the word “bestie” to refer to their best friends. It sounds like something a five-year-old would say. Actually, that’s disrespectful to the five-year-olds I know. =P

  • http://pcguyiv.wordpress.com PCGuyIV

    Let’s see… Words and phrases I find annoying… hmmm…
    Ginormous:Why isn’t Gigantic or Enormous sufficient? Must we mash them together?
    TMI (spoken, not written in a text): Again, as with saying LOL out loud, texting without a cellphone is annoying.
    Adding “licious” to the end of any word: Enough, already… I can barely tolerate the word “delicious” any more, this has been done so much.
    Fashionista: Not sure if this is a recent “real” word, or a made-up word, but either way, it just needs to be stricken from the English language.
    Leverage (as a verb): What’s wrong with the word “utilize?”
    I could go on, but that’s enough for now.

  • http://survivingmiddleage.wordpress.com Amy

    Loved it! These are all things that make me want to scream. Thanks you for putting them out there quite so forthright.

  • http://anonymousburn.wordpress.com anonymousburn

    And plus also, I agree with all of these. I also use them all regularly when I’m being intentionally dense. I write with them, too. I should fire myself.

  • http://mooselicker.wordpress.com mooselicker

    Similar to yours “Ya know what I’m sayin?” bothers me. Most people who use the phrase talk unclearly so my respond should be a firm “no.”

  • http://shannonshenanigans.wordpress.com Shannon

    What a great post! I shamefully admit that I may be guilty of saying “epic fail” but I will hopefully redeem myself by telling you that I almost always type out all of my words when texting, especially if I don’t know the person I am texting well. Sometimes, though, if I’m in a hurry, my husband or close friends will get some text-speak. I think it’s okay though, since they know that I actually can write a sentence. My personal least favorite saying: in a minute – when you don’t actually mean a minute, rather you are trying to indicate a long period of time, such as “I know we haven’t talked in a minute…” when you really mean is “it’s been a long time.”

  • anneris31

    I loved this. I’ll admit that I find “just saying” appropriate in some situations, like after making a light-hearted joke, but it really does annoy me when people use this as a way of mitigating their own arguments. But NOTHING annoys me more than text speak in a verbal conversation. Really, how lazy are we getting that we feel the need to not only point out that we’re laughing (something that should be pretty obvious in a conversation) but that we now have to abbreviate it?

  • anneris31

    I loved this. I’ll admit that I find “just saying” appropriate for comic value in casual social situations, but it does irritate me when people use it in a serious debate as if to mitigate the effects of their own arguments. But nothing (save for maybe the legislative system) irritates me more than people using text speak in a verbal conversation. Really, are we that lazy that we have to abbreviate “laugh out loud” which takes all of two seconds to say? Why do we even clarify that we’re laughing? Shouldn’t that be pretty obvious by now?

  • http://fitesphotography.com Sass

    Enjoyed the post, truly. My conflict comes in with expressions of laughter, I can’t remember ever laughing for realz 🙂 like bwoahah, or mwouaaa or even HA HA. Any thoughts?

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  • http://sweetandweak.wordpress.com Simon


  • http://raquetballforever.wordpress.com raquetballplayer

    Your freaking awesome ” just saying”. But question where do you get all this anger from? But if this your way of getting it out keep doing it cause it’s hilarious.

  • http://travellersdiningdepot.wordpress.com Travelling Writer

    “yeah right”… so sick of that. hehe… =)


  • joyfullyoutlandish

    Thank you for this post! I enjoyed it immensely and was glad to see at least one other person out there interested in keeping verbal communication at least a little bit elegant and coherent.

    The expression used in your post title is one that definitely gets on my nerves. Especially when a co-worker not given to colloquialisms of that sort uses it nearly all the time!

    The el oh el gets me, too. Whatever happened to actually laughing?

  • http://trailertrashdeluxe.wordpress.com trailertrashdeluxe

    LMDOAO’d (Laughed MY Damn Old Ass Off) at the lady whose son was told that he sings “like a dying pig”–where does that even come from?

    I hate “It is what it is”. What does that even mean? The worst of all, though, is “It’s all good”–usually used by people who don’t seem to understand what others are talking about. No, it’s not all good; some of it really, really sucks.
    And I want to scream when people start out with “Can I ask you a question?” I want to say, “No, no, you may not, because you apparently don’t have enough confidence to believe that you have the right to just blurt out your actual question, so no, you’re out of luck.” It’s like asking: “Do you mind if I breathe in your vicinity?”

    Your blog looks familiar–can I ask–have you been FP’d before? I’ve always been jealous of the Freshly Pressed Few, but not-so-much (I like “not so much”, just sayin’) about you having to reply to dozens of comments. I’d have to take a day off to catch up. Word.

  • http://lyricalperipatetic.wordpress.com BitterSweet

    Agree oh so very much!

  • http://newsy1.wordpress.com newsy1

    The stupid “fail” thing has always driven me nuts. Great post.

  • http://testase.wordpress.com A. S. Ellis

    There is no such word as “orientated.” It drives me insane when people add an extra syllable to the word “oriented.”

  • http://justbeingthoughtful.wordpress.com/ addielicious

    Ending a sentence with “so”, does that count? I’m guilty of it so… 🙁

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeb.critchfield Jeb Critchfield

    This is a pretty comprehensive list, although you left off the most crucial one.
    Vaca (pronounced vay-cay)= vacation
    This one makes me want to go bellig (belligerant) and put my hands around people’s necks!

  • ladymisslove

    Im so glad i saw this. It literally made me laugh out loud. Sounds like you guys secretly just love this stuff 🙂

  • DENNIS Teel

    wow..this site is far out!!

  • http://philipthesealion.wordpress.com deanasobel

    While I don’t mind some of them (“fave” is ok by me!), I can’t stand “I’m not gonna lie.” It drives me nuts…

  • http://gravatar.com/gracelynnefleming GraceLynneFleming

    THIS is magnificent – I laughed out loud (LOL). HAHA

    Seriously, genius.


  • http://nkoenig248.wordpress.com Nick

    No offense, but I created a post a while ago regarding terms overused and incredibly annoying. I’m surprised my article was never posted. Thanks wordpress on a horrible job keeping up! 😉 …just sayin’.

    What exactly is an ‘epic fail’? Considering epic means ‘long’ would it be a failure that is drug out? Funny post. I give you credit on being “freshly pressed”.

  • http://www.livingthekingdom.wordpress.com Noel

    These are the phrases I hate:
    “Cool!” Is it really getting colder in here?
    “Dude!” what exactly is a dude?
    “That sucks!” you mean like a vacuum cleaner?
    “I am pissed!” Can’t you just say ‘I am angry’?
    Can’t think of any other at the moment….

  • http://laurapoole89.wordpress.com laurapoole89

    What the hell is totes?? The little round potatoes?
    Leave me out of this generation! Ha ha ha <— yes I actually laughed.

  • http://simplicityandthecity.wordpress.com katetapping

    My son uses ‘sick’ for anything that he considers good. As in ‘This dinner is totally sick, Mum’. It’s pretty innocent and I guess I should be glad it’s not anything worse – it’s probably just the sheer number of things he declares sick during the course of a day that tends to get pretty annoying…

  • http://gravatar.com/lynnaima Life: Between the lines

    LOL I enjoy saying “just sayin'” for THAT EXACT reason, to irritate lol, love it, I guess it does work…just saying ha ha ha ha love it

  • http://gravatar.com/lynnaima Life: Between the lines

    I dislike the word “hater” for some reason, this new generation suddenly woke up and everyone in it turned into haters overnight…when did that happen!!!!

  • http://dayistartedreading.wordpress.com Day I Started Reading

    I know right? This post FTW! It’s so El oh el! Just sayin’ cuz I think people who talk like this need to realize how unprofessional it sounds and all these phrases are unnecessary. Though I am guilty of using these phrases sometimes. FAIL! That’s what I am saying.

    MFW people add .avi after words
    >Implying implications….EPIC FAIL!

  • http://lesbianbrooklynite.wordpress.com/ Lesbian Brooklynite

    LLS – Are you really laughing like shit? No? Oh, didn’t think so.

  • http://uponatlas.wordpress.com uponatlas

    Cracked me up, love it!



  • http://www.letmeoutcreative.com Taslim Jaffer

    Oh em gee (!) this is hilarious – thank you for speaking these words out loud. Now…to share them with people who I think could use a laugh (and those who could use a lesson!). So glad I caught you on Freshly Pressed!

  • http://idea4ia.wordpress.com Kristian Driver

    My personal favorite phrases I’d like to put out of my misery-
    “At the end of the day”
    “Good to go”
    “Think outside the box”
    Any phrase that ends with “at”

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  • sereniteacafe

    Haha 🙂

    Some of these i haven’t even heard before! I wonder if it’s a location thing?

  • http://myfilthyroom.wordpress.com myfilthyroom

    I can deal with most of these phrases. Just don’t overuse it.

  • http://realtyblogct.wordpress.com Tatyana

    Great point! It is amazing how language changed over the years…
    Thank you for your post.

  • http://grapesandoranges.wordpress.com ava812

    I had as much fun reading the comments and the post! 😉 Natch, Hilar, Ridic,Totes. Got it! 😉 I’d probably sound weird for a 31-year-old mother of two but it’s helpful to be informed. I hate text words too! Great post TARA, I think this is your 2nd FPed post? Congratulations again!

  • http://grapesandoranges.wordpress.com ava812

    I had as much fun reading the comments as the post! 😉 Natch, Hilar, Ridic,Totes. Got it! 😉 I’d probably sound weird for a 31-year-old mother of two but it’s helpful to be informed. I hate text words too! Great post TARA, I think this is your 2nd FPed post? Congratulations again!

  • http://wondergirl95.wordpress.com darryan

    This is humorous. Some of these phrases are just funny! I love this. Lol

  • http://lifesosmall.wordpress.com/ marylisa

    Seriously, pop culture speak is so, like, five-minutes ago. 2005 called, they want their catch phrases back. Seriously, my bff and I were dishing about this the other day – it was legendary. I keep it real, so don’t be a hater or a troll. Peace out.

    ugh … I just threw up a little in my mouth … just sayin’

  • http://missmiserie.wordpress.com missmiserie

    I don’t know if this was mentioned yet, but I’m not fond of people using the word “like” in place of the word “said”. Example: (So I was like, “blah blah blah”) instead of saying (So I said, “blah blah blah”)

    Of course, I really can’t say anything because I’ve caught myself saying “like” in my own conversations…

  • http://volunteer.okstate.edu crtnyhks

    Agreed. Soo irritating. Thanks for posting & congrats on being FPd!

  • http://mrrealtalk.wordpress.com mrrealtalk

    1. Excitement is a post-card from your future-self, waiting for
    you to write back:

    2. Expect No-thing. Receive Everything.
    Expect Something-Receive No-thing

    3. If you takeaway your opinion, you live on intuition,
    which supersedes thought and logic


  • http://pheli0x.wordpress.com Phelios Cyros

    I know, right? they are just annoying!! especially the phrase “I know, right?”

  • http://glitzandgrammar.com Jessica Farkas

    I’m not gonna lie, I hate the pop culture phrase, “I’m not gonna lie.”

  • http://emladenov.wordpress.com Emil_M

    Hi Tamara, very timely and relevant post! Thanks for saying out loud something that has been on my mind for so long. I don’t have anything against real, fully fledged pop culture slang – such as British people saying “wicked” to signify “cool.” But I am really driven nuts when I hear someone say “WTF,” “OMG,” “ROFL,” “LMAO,” etc. I sometimes think that people who use these abbreviations have trouble formulating a full sentence (which sounds pretty sad to me). To add to your list – I am also irritated when I read people mistakenly using “their”/”there” for “they are,” and “its” for “it’s.” Another abrasive habit is to use “invite” as a noun, instead of the good, old-fashioned “invitation.” This is very similar to the use of “fail” as a noun, which you have called out above. I start to wonder if present-day teenagers actually know what a noun and a verb are.

  • http://independentmichaela.wordpress.com Michaela Mitchell

    I’m guilty of a few of those…but the one where they don’t even finish the word? How lazy do you have to be to not finish a word? I have said “el-oh-el” but only in an ironic trying-too-hard-to-be-funny kind of way…

  • http://wordknit.wordpress.com wordknit

    I hate it with a white-hot passion when people say, “Where you at?” Just makes me want to scream.

  • http://lifebehindthemakeupcounter.wordpress.com makingup3000

    I’m guilty of “just sayin” usually after everyone is looking at me quizzically when I’m done talking because they can’t believe I just said something. But you got me on natch and totes. What the heck is totes?

  • http://rheagoingsolo.wordpress.com rheaJ

    ‘Hahaha’ sounds so much better than LOL. People tend to write it everywhere, sometimes even as a filler, like ‘ Hey, you’re working? LOL’. Whats THAT supposed to mean? How is THAT funny? And we know, how you’re not actually laughing out loud either.
    Great post! Hits home!

  • Anonymous

    Tamara, this is a great post. For some reason I love often use the phrase I’m just sayin’…I’m just sayin’. 🙂

    One I don’t like is when you ask someone a question and they start their answer with “Like I said”. Actually you didn’t, this is your first time answering the question.

  • http://randomlychad.com Chad Jones

    Here’s one I’ve heard back East, and in the Midwest, that grates on my nerves:

    “Wanna go with?”

    As in:

    “We’re going to the mall–wanna go with?


  • http://stonefree2rant.wordpress.com stonefreetorant

    I was gonna say “FAIL” when I saw your header. But you already got it so I


  • http://thaidt.webchuyennghiep.net thiet ke noi that dep

    Interesting in your post. It’s great.

  • http://someonelikenew.wordpress.com 311m

    Legit! I freaking hate that one! And when people say really?

  • http://localtrolley.wordpress.com L.S. Trolley

    I equate truncating words to Seinfeld wearing a Michael Jackson Beat It glove and seriously trying to pull it off as a prop… As for ‘dank’ it’s dated but appropriate in the context in which it’s most often used and no less egregious than using ‘decadent’ to describe chocolate… If someone used dank in the early 1980’s to describe something bad they definitely were not as cool as Bill and Ted… Otherwise ditto on everything else especially “Natch” which I have never ever had the pleasure of hearing…

    I tell you what is annoying, arbitrary spelling changes such as “advisor” is now “adviser”. Now 1,000s of teachers are complicit in mis-educating 10,000s of students… I was just one lonely rebellious word. It wasn’t a bad apple causing people to start writing “speakor”. It wasn’t even unnecessarily vain like the “e” on the end of “olde”. The dictionary council of elders should have left it alone…

  • http://www.leahsthoughts.com Leah

    All of the above and well said. Although I admit I’m behind the times — I didn’t know what a few of those phrases were.

  • http://ireckonthat.wordpress.com ireckonthat

    Whatevs peeps. I’m totes with you on this. You know what I hate? My autocorrect chucks apostrophes in all over the place. Like many of you, I like my grammatically correct text messages.
    I once was in a trivia team called the ROFL MAOists.

  • http://greatlakessocialist.wordpress.com greatlakessocialist

    What of probs, defs and maybz?

    I use most of these words with an air of self deprecation and for comedic effect. When people use them in general conversation however, my opinion of them suffers a hit.

  • http://rubhub.wordpress.com sarahnsh

    Okay, let me through another one in there with I’m sick of which is “winning.” No, you are no longer winning, you are losing if you say that. I don’t think anyone was winning when it was originally started by Charlie Sheen.

  • http://whatdidyoulearninschooltoday.wordpress.com in school today

    This was absolutely perfect!
    I am so surprised though that no one has mentioned the phrase that gets me going…
    Are you wanting me to look at something?
    Is it impressive enough to deserve a complete thought?

  • http://gravatar.com/inventingfun Another Tamara

    “OMG”, this is hilarious! 🙂 I found your blog, because it was featured on WordPress. I clicked on it because we share the same name. What a treat! I “LOL”ed the entire time, and had to read it out loud to my husband.

    Thanks for making me laugh, Tamara!

  • http://www.thewhimsicalcupcake.wordpress.com Jeannette

    Yep, I’m guilty of using many (if not all) of these at one point or another. So as you can imagine, it takes a lot to really grate on my nerves but I’d have to say that “shut up” being used in place of “no way” or the like gets on my nerves. But, mostly when a tween says it.

  • http://craftychick126.wordpress.com gothichydran126

    Funny post!! Personally I hate hearing FAIL/ EPIC FAIL, LMAO, or “Thats SICK” which I guess that means it’s cool?
    What’s worst is my sister and my mother both watch this Toni Braxton reality show. When I pass by the TV I always hear the annoying younger Braxton sister put “.com” after certain words or phrases.

  • http://mountingandcounting.wordpress.com mountingandcounting

    I used epic fail just last night in reference to the Red Sox blown game. Totes not trying to knock your post, certain phrases just kill me, but there are times I can’t think of anything more original than “epic fail”. Just sayin’….

  • http://audreyatwork.wordpress.com Audrey

    Totally agree with you! As if it’s not enough to hear it from people around you, it seems like you can’t even get away from it on TV cos we’re surrounded by sitcoms and reality TV programs where everyone seems to be using as many of these silly words as possible!

  • http://jobotsperspective.wordpress.com jobotsperspective

    The one I hate the most is “Not gonna lie….”

  • Summer

    I don’t like it when people say Oh em geeee!! so annoying!

  • http://iamsuemarue.wordpress.com SueMarue

    OMG, I lurve this post. I use a bunch of these phrases, ironically of course. I use them when I want other people to realize that these phrases are flippin’ annoying, but they don’t seem to see it. Whatevs.

    Thanks for a laugh (or an El Oh El) and congrats on being FP.

  • https://exodusinthewind.wordpress.com/ Exodus

    er… like… you know… actually, i don’t.

  • http://bdgr571.wordpress.com bdgr571

    Back in the day, and 24/7 – those to annoy the hell out of me!!

  • Anonymous

    lol. hilar!

  • dragonstrand

    I was just thinking about that “I’m just sayin” today and here is this post!

    You touched on this a little, but I have problems with the more and more prevalent use of the word “epic” to describe things that clearly are not. The other day a friend of mine said: “I had an epic shitty day” and I replied: “Really, so it was right up there at the level of the Illiad or the Odyssey then?”

    Even worse for me though is the neurotic, superfluous and repetitive use of the word “like”. I’ve been known to tell strangers on mass transit that “the like-o-meter is going through the roof right now”–but then, of course, I get looks that say: “You’re just being a hater.” True that. 🙂


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  • Rose Liagridonis

    Loved this post! And must admit that I’m so guilty of “just sayin'”, usually preceded by a load of rubbish. My ex-husband despised me “just sayin'”, which I imagine makes him quite happy that he doesn’t have to hear it anymore – lol! 😉

  • http://idlemindsjournal.wordpress.com Peacock_Eye_R.I

    Hahaha I like this post! xD Congratulations on being freshly pressed!
    I rambled on a similar topic before, I’d love for you to check it out 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Just found your blog! All I can say is “I kno, rite?” (It offends me more when people pair it with “cute” illiteracy.)

    In all seriousness… one of my best friends uses “vom” all the time for “vomit.” She also tacks “so hard” on the end of most sentences.
    Example: “Whatever you just heated up in the microwave made me want to vom. I hate you so hard!” Ouch. I also had a boss a while back who liked to put “laf’n” after something she said that was supposed to be funny. Where do they come up with this stuff?!

  • http://randomlittlemusings.wordpress.com sherville7

    you should here gay-lingo in my country, it’s crazy…

    • http://randomlittlemusings.wordpress.com sherville7

      oops… wrong spelling. i meant “hear”. sorry. ^_^

  • http://benjaminsalt.wordpress.com Benjamin Salt

    “WTF” always amused me. It takes longer to say then the trio of words it’s an abbreviation of.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll add to the list with:

    Good job!

    You can do this

    Thrown under the bus

  • http://vintage45.wordpress.com vintage45

    I’ll add:

    Good job!

    You can do this.

    Thrown under the bus.

  • http://herschelian.wordpress.com herschelian

    Just saying’ seems such a quaint Americanism to me – you won’t get us Brits using it! We speak English don’t you know? hell, we invented it! But we do have some tooth-gratingly irritating phrases of our own. One of the most recent is ‘pukka’ much used by the Sainted Jamie Oliver of cookery fame – his every second word is pukka. It originally came from Hindi during the days of the Raj and meant ‘the genuine article’ now it is used constantly just to mean something is ‘good’ or ‘delicious’. What I want to know is what is the correct opening word when sending an e-mail. ‘Hi’ seems too US English and informal, ‘hello’ sounds silly when you can’t see someone, ‘dear’ seems too old-fashioned….is there a grammar book for internet use of language?

  • http://vintage45.wordpress.com vintage45

    Sorry for the double post. Just thought of:

    That’s what Americans want.

    You got that right

    Get this!

  • Cat Jones

    ew boy…soooo…I’m totally guilty as charged on all of the above (except totes…80’s lingo rules in that instance…full-on TOTALLY) plus a few more, so I’m gonna lie and say I only do it to drive my teenager nuts, cuz that makes it okay in my crazy, old lady brain. But whatevs peeps…I’ve gotta find SOME way to fit an entire thought into 160 characters on my cellie via TXT MSG and getting rid of those nuisance vowels is the only way…so whatever you do…puh-leez don’t read mah bloggie, cuz yer gunna wanna retch all over the place…jayyyy-kayyyy…it’s not THAT awful…just avoid the words and look at the pretty pics.

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  • Anonymous

    The one that makes my stomach turn is “Yous”, as in “How are yous guys doing?” or “Yous have a good weekend”…..not a plural people…and you are not My Cousin Vinny…..

  • http://sassytalk.wordpress.com Sassytalk

    The one that turns my stomach is “Yous” – as in “How are yous guys today?” or “Yous have a good weekend”….not a plural people and I am not Your Cousin Vinny.

  • http://kidspartyheaven.wordpress.com kidspartyheaven

    I’m with teacher Leanne and Stephen A here, I think it is just youth culture language. For the ‘yoof dem’ as they’d say over here in the UK. I believe as long as you aren’t mature and are using it in correct context, it is totally fine .
    It is just a little ‘cringeworthy’ when adults who are wanting to seem younger use it . That’s their issue, not the language. It’s called code switching, we all do it to some extent: we don’t use the same way of speaking to everyone, we adapt to our audience.
    Now if you really want to know what really irks me, that is when the spell check tells me that my perfectly spelled ENGLISH words are incorrect because I haven’t used the AMERICAN version.
    Where does English come from again? Oh yes, England.
    Nothing against America or Americans, y’all can be wonderful, but hell, leave my correct usage of language alone please.
    No offense.


  • alastor993

    What bugs me, like, is people using, like, the word “like” everywhere and anywhere in a sentence… like….
    And the worst is I do it too!!! aaaagggghhhh! like….

  • http://wordsfallfrommyeyes.wordpress.com wordsfallfrommyeyes

    Hey Tamara Out Loud, I only just recently visited your blog & now suddenly you’re out there REAL LOUD! Congrats! You do great stuff 🙂

  • mdprincing

    I really enjoyed this and couldn’t agree more. Especially the texting out loud, I don’t even like the abbreviations in a text or email, don’t really understand texting, pick up the phone people. I can speak a message in about a minute that will take me 5 to text.

  • http://lavidaesta.wordpress.com lavidaesta

    Thanks for bringing up this topic, the discussion is fantastic to read! Word! (Which is one of those words (..) I never see the point of using and tend to be annoyed by when being used).

  • http://jcdickerson.wordpress.com Joe

    How about this one…”Me, personally…” or “I, personally…”. When you say I or me, we understand it’s your view point, you don’t have to add the unnecessary “personally” to it!

    And to go along with that, how about “In my opinion…”. Again, we get it. It’s your view point, so get to the point already!

  • http://southofzero.wordpress.com posterdog

    If I here one more waiter reply with “no problem” I feel like saying there better not be. It gets really annoying after the second time.

  • http://lauradowds.wordpress.com lauradowds

    It drives me crazy when people add extra letters like thisss. Or when they add a z to everything! But what really gets me is when people use “online talk” when they’re actually speaking. You’re allowed to actually laugh now! You don’t have to say “lol” 🙂

  • http://thegeeman.wordpress.com thegeeman

    Right on. Now the words we used to use as kids and young adults have completely different meanings now. Strange days are these. Great post. How about dig it, grovey, I’m into you, etc.

  • http://www.onehundred80days.wordpress.com upsidedownglasses

    I am sure someone has already said this one.

    “My bad.” What? It doesn’t make sense, quit it already. It is bad enough when the kids say it, but when an adult says it, it just becomes a million times more stupid.

  • The Mommy Lane

    Love your post! Very funny. There was a time when “Uber” was used before every word and that drove me NUTS!!! So glad it was short lived.

  • http://shequotes.wordpress.com stephindialogue

    Um…I thoroughly enjoyed this 🙂

    And I have my own to add: YOU’RE GUYS’S

    My ears boil and cringe when I hear this. Oh please people edit your mouth.

  • http://shitmy6yearoldsays.wordpress.com Debi

    OMG good luck on reading and answering your comments! Most popular Fresh Pressed I’ve seen in awhile! Congrats! Okay I was laughing out loud or El-Oh-Elling at your post. Good stuff. I have a few to add: “Whatevs”. ANNOYing. “Abnox” Like totally just finish the word please. “BeeTeeDubs” which is actually LONG for BTW which is SHORT for by the way. Sigh. Kids these days. 🙂

  • http://letuswork.wordpress.com Let Us Work

    Great read!
    Here in South Africa, there is some local slang that bothers me. Rugby is a huge past-time here, and men behave how I would imagine frat boys to: “Ey, my boytchie (pronounced boy-ch or boy-kee), gonna catch the rugga? Lakkaz!” Let me translate that – “Hey, my boy, are we you to watch rugby ? Sweet!” I know its not quite the same as the things you are posting, but it does bother me, and especially with the Rugby World Cup on, I hear it at least 5 times a day.
    P.S.: I’d like to say I “Lol’ed” at your post, but let me be honest, it amused me enough to follow you, and I smiled, but in fact, no sound, much less a laugh, left my mouth.

  • http://loudtype.wordpress.com loudtype

    Just sayin’ is at the absolute top of my list. I have a very well-educated friend, a high school English teacher, who says this on Facebook all of the time. I have hidden her for it. It makes me that crazy.

  • http://letuswork.wordpress.com Let Us Work

    *are we/you going to watch rugby.

  • http://healthstore24.wordpress.com healthstore24

    Very funny post. Some of the words I’ve heard before but didn’t have a clue what they meant . Now I’ll finally know what my teenager is talking about & maybe it’ll make me a better Mom. Just sayin…

  • http://www.mommysmomments.wordpress.com TJ Willard

    Okay … So I have just gone through the entire posts & comments, and I have to say I am VERY surptised that no one has mentioned “irregardless” … hearing this word actually makes my brain itch (think mosquito bites at a camp fire). This is NOT a word, it will never BE a word and I think I’ll “go postal” if I hear it again … GRRRRR

  • http://rachelahanson.wordpress.com Rachel A. Hanson

    Haha, I can definitely relate to this. One other thing I would add to this list is “legit.” As in, “You’re winning the game? Legit.” Drives me crazy!

  • http://sirtilc42.wordpress.com sirtilc42

    This was great. I hear “el oh el” from someone regularly and it drives me insane!!

  • http://befabulousandfit.wordpress.com jensalazar42

    I hate it when a person says after every sentence “You know what I’m saying?”….Well of course, you just said it!!!

  • http://griffinspen.wordpress.com Sophia Morgan (griffinspen)

    Oh em gee–I love this post, it made me el oh el! 😉

  • bethsciallo

    pure dead brilliant! That’s sick! – which “btw” – is one of my pet peeves. Using the word DEAD or SICK to describe something you consider amazing makes me want to scream. Lets put a pin in it. ARGHHHHHH!
    Ok, I feel better now. No, sick. No, better.

  • http://whereismyreallife.wordpress.com wtfhappenedtomyreallife

    My teenage son uses “whatevs” WAY too much. I hate it. It grates on my nerves like nails on a chalk board…and he knows it. And the whole OMG thing where they actually say Oh Em Gee instead of Oh My God. WTF man? And that brings up another one. If you are going to say “What the F*ck” just friggin say it! Do not say “WTF”. Like people don’t know what it means? Seriously, all it does is make the person saying it look like a total DB (which is one that I am ok with people saying because really we do not need to talk about feminine hygeine products and the containers they come in as far as it relates to lame ass guys (or gals) who just don’t “get it”)

    Love and Light,

    Lucky Star

  • http://time-wellspent.com Jaina

    Ha! Love it. Here in the UK one of our main TV channels has a quiz show called… Epic Win. It’s like the makers were just trawling the internet for names!

  • http://hafsakhwaja.wordpress.com Hafsa K

    ‘El oh el’ and ‘O Em Gee’ God! I find these two words specially irritating. Can’t you just laugh instead of saying ‘lol’?
    Nice post!
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! 🙂

  • http://quilltakesflight.wordpress.com Amber

    Ha! I love this. I wrote a post about phrases that I despise back in June (which I’m not going to link because I’m not *quite* that shameless about promoting myself). Here are the ones I hate the most from that list:

    “Foot in the door” – overused glib directed mostly at recent graduates that amounts to “Just keep trying, I have no real advice” with the added bonus of a metaphoric stubbed toe.

    “At the end of the day.” – Unless you literally mean as the sun begins to set, this phrase almost never contributes any additional meaning to a sentence.

  • Anonymous

    So funny and so true. Kills me as a 44yo newbie texter why we can’t stick to haha — one less letter and far better than LOL. Seriously? I hate texting anyway — my old eyes can’t see the little letters and my old hands can’t move and I spell wrong.
    Nice post. K? (another one I hate. Grown people SHOULD NOT type or say K.)

    • http://gravatar.com/momisalwayswrite momisalwayswrite

      sorry.. I didn’t realise the 1st one went through!

  • http://gravatar.com/momisalwayswrite momisalwayswrite

    So funny and so true. As a 44 yo newbie texter, it kills me that successful people think OMG is acceptable and why oh why is LOL better than the old standby HAHA. one more letter?
    I hate texting anyway. Old eyes can’t see the letters and old hands misspell words all the time. Probably have come up with a few new texting words and did know it.
    Nice post. K? Another one I hate. Are we in such a hurry that we must omit the O? Yikes.

  • http://seaofsenses.wordpress.com Olivemore

    YESSS!! This totally reminded me of Taylor Mali.
    I’m glad someone posted it.
    Great Post!

  • http://pocketfuloposies.wordpress.com DinaG

    Oh man! This made me realize how much of a pop culture phrase victim I am! Would it be totally inappropriate to “Fail” myself at this point? :P.

  • Anonymous

    ‘You get me’
    ‘Bling bling’

  • http://conchsaladesque.wordpress.com lovelylici1986

    At first I was gonna say, “I know, right?!” Then I thought better of it. “RIGHT?!” came to mind. I dismissed it. I kinda wanna settle on HILAR!
    Seriously though, the lingo is crazy. IJS.

  • http://pixiepuddlejumper.wordpress.com pixiepuddlejumper

    OMG have you heard “I go HAM” It’s pretty Ridic. Just Sayin’

  • http://pixiepuddlejumper.wordpress.com pixiepuddlejumper

    Also using Serial/Cereal instead of seriously… Oh there are so many fun ones now that I am thinking of. I agree with earlier posts.. it is difficult for me to text since I use full words and punctuation. I have actually had to erase full words to use abbriviations to try and train myself to be a part of my own generation… (oh so sad of me) HILAR!

  • http://caffybaby.wordpress.com kitkatlikereflexes

    Hahaha, I LOVE this! Amazing. Why can’t more people think like you do?

  • http://pixiepuddlejumper.wordpress.com pixiepuddlejumper

    Oh and when people say “mines” instead of mine.

    The use of “Whoop Whoop”

  • http://guitarpicksandbobbypins.wordpress.com Guitarpicks & Bobbypins

    Oh man – I’m way guilty…I feel so self conscious …. “Def” “Totes” “Brill”….I’m such a tool…

    • http://pixiepuddlejumper.wordpress.com pixiepuddlejumper

      I had to ask a guy on a date what he meant because he kept saying “totes” talk about feeling like a tool… “this girl… ” (lol that’s another one)

  • http://plaintain1.wordpress.com/ plaintain1

    I guess you would probably hate -‘ you know what I mean?’ or ‘do you get it?’ I guess over time my English has become more and more ‘abbreviated’ simply because I don’t have the time to explain or listeners are eager for you to get to the point. I think it is probably one of the reasons why I enjoy reading and writing as it is seems the only way that you can savour the joys of the English language, in your own time and space. However, when I send text messages, I try not to abbreviate (even though it costs me a bomb!) just so that I can limit the damage to my English!

  • http://girlabouttownpr.wordpress.com Girl About Town

    This is hilarious! I say this all the time, and I picked it up from a very contagious friend. It drives everyone around me crazy! LOVE your refreshing honesty and observation xoxo GAT

  • http://thursdaysapologies.wordpress.com James Reardon

    Redonk. Short for redonkulous. I think it’s the “donk” that grates my nerves

    • Cat Jones

      I hate that…

  • http://susielindau.wordpress.com susielindau

    I am so behind that I’m not sick of Just sayin’ yet! Hahaha!
    Congrats on being FP’d!

  • http://gaycarboys.wordpress.com/ gaycarboys

    Very wise words. Another that annoys me is “right here” when talking about something right in front of you. It’s right there, you don’t need to say “right there”. The same goes for “right now”. It fairly gives me the irrits.

  • http://savoringeverybite.wordpress.com spicegirlfla

    I’m glad to be reading this from someone much younger than me having this same annoyance as I do with these phrases!! Having teenagers around I never can keep up with all the lingo and shortcuts !

  • http://carsonscorner.wordpress.com D. E. Carson

    How about “chillax”? Are we so lazy that we have to truncate words then mash them together because we don’t want to say “chill” (another over-used euphemism for “calm down”) and “relax” (yet again, another over-used euphemism). Or is it that we can’t make up our minds as to which word we want to use?

  • http://lifewellblended.wordpress.com lifewellblended

    LOL! OMG! Actually, my 3 teens use these phrases all.the.time. Totally. Especially when they cop a tude with me and use the phrase “just sayin'”
    Congrats on being FP! TTYL

  • http://bobpolecat.wordpress.com bobpolecat

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned this one: “It is what it is”. While some of the other phrases were okay for a while and are annoying simply because they’re overused, this one bothered me right from the beginning. It is what it is. Of course it is. Everything is what it is. You might as well just say “I have nothing to add to the conversation.”

    Another one is the overuse of the word “perfect”. We had an intern in my office who used to say “perfect” every time I gave him an assignment. Why is it perfect that I just gave you an assignment? Wouldn’t “perfect” be when I tell you that you can leave early? Waiters seem to overuse that one a lot too. Why is my order perfect?

  • http://lodore.wordpress.com The Gates of Lodore

    I had a boss that used to use all kinds of obscure sayings. A typical 30 minute meeting would usually feature a dozen or more. But he was a dork, and didn’t use the popular abbreviations of today. “Dimes to Doughnuts” comes to mind.

  • http://normalstepfather.wordpress.com fornormalstepfathers

    I guess suffixes are out…
    Every time I hear all those (I must say I have never heard “vacay” for vacation), I do wonder how much more lazy can we be?
    My son drives me absolutely nuts by saying “Wha?” instead of “What?” How much time does it really save? Every time he says it, he has to hear how stupid someone sounds if they say it.

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed, or should I say FrePre? 🙂

  • http://artisthelenevgross.wordpress.com Artist Helene V Gross

    When texting I use, 2, k, gr8, u, 4, lol, MAJOR LOL, and so on….it has become text etiquette… But I still have a little request (being from Denmark) when people write you but they mean your…..there IS a difference. Otherwise I think that a language that evolves is a good thing as long as we still know the rules and have fun with it.

  • http://kitchenmudge.wordpress.com kitchenmudge

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  • Anonymous

    “Anyhoo” – just sounds so corny. “My bad” – although
    I have found myself saying this once or twice and at
    the time it seemed to fit where no other words could
    (quickly), it still made me cringe. When I hear it,
    it sounds like something a 4 year old would say.
    Go figure! (Now that sayin’ I like).

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  • http://gravatar.com/robinrich Robin Rich

    New to commenting. Above comment mine. Thought was logged and auto-fill but instead was entered “anonymous”. Anyhoo….(did I just say that!)

  • http://gamingandtechnetwork.wordpress.com Alexandria Howell

    I’m in the Army and in my office the popular phrase to use in answer to a question is “true”.
    i.e. ” How many people do we have going to the field?”

    Absolutely nowhere near helpful on that one…

  • http://youngworkathomemoms.wordpress.com funmom91

    I agree “im just saying” and ” i know, right” are really annoying along with “what up” and “omg”

  • http://snarkyselfhelper.wordpress.com snarkyselfhelper

    I know, right? That’s what I’m sayin’! I totes hate all of these. People who speak like this are a hilar fail. Epic fail, if you will. 🙂

    I’m sure somewhere in all these comments someone already did this, but I just couldn’t resist.

    PS I have unfriended people on Facebook just because they say “totes.”

  • Sean R. Corbin

    I know this is YOUR list but I’d like to say I’ve grown tired of hearing* “Nice” – either sarcastically or as a simple approval.
    (I also had a bad feeling when a girl said on a first date “eye dee kay”)

    *I’ve also grown tired of SAYING/WRITING it: I almost typed that in reply :/

  • http://ramblerz.wordpress.com ramblerz

    For me, the most annoying one is “da”.

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  • http://starryponies.wordpress.com starrypawz

    Oh dear, I tend to say I few of these, ‘lol’ pops up with me and my friends but no one I know says it ‘oh el oh’ and ‘fail’ and ‘epic fail’ and ‘I know right’ get chucked around but I’d say that’s mostly because most of my friends are of the nerdy internet type so it just ‘leaks into real life’ as it were.

    I get bugged by OMG. Especially when people actually say it ‘Oh Em Gee’ and it really, really bugs me when I see it being used on adverts as well. No idea why.

    And this is more of a cultural thing, I’m from the UK and we have a large amount of ‘Chavs’ and they use a lot of ‘words’ that are really annoying, one of these is ‘blud’ which is meant to mean ‘mate’ but it gets on my nerves so much. A lot of their slang is what is known as ‘Jafakin’ and the stuff they come out with just sounds really, really dumb. (Although most of what these ‘Chavs’ come out with is often really hard to understand)

    ‘No offence’ bugs me as well. And most of those slang terms where people just decide to shorten down words for no good reason.

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  • http://huffygirl.wordpress.com Huffygirl

    Excellent thoughts on the spoken word in the US, which frequently makes us sound like the entire country is made up of imbeciles.

    And the trifecta of FP? What is this I’m feeling? Jealousy? No, of course not. Good for you. Congrats.

  • http://lifeinthehoodie.wordpress.com Mia

    The word “vajayjay” makes my skin crawl. It’s a vagina. Don’t try to give it a cutesy nickname.

    • http://pixiepuddlejumper.wordpress.com pixiepuddlejumper

      This really did make me Majorly LOL at work. Totes Hilar… for shizz.

  • http://e1aine.wordpress.com e1aine

    ‘No offense’, that’s the one that truely gets me, though most of the others bother me too. I’m so glad to see that others can’t stand ‘No offense’ either.

    I no longer take ‘no offense’. As soon as someone says it, I shout ‘STOP’. I then explain that I am about to be offended, else they wouldn’t have said it, therefore as they claim not to want to offend me not to continue.

    My neice (nice girl actually) had a ten a day ‘no offense’ habit some years ago but it only took one rant from me to cure her of it. Am I unreasonable? Who cares!

  • http://e1aine.wordpress.com e1aine

    And further more… (I’m on a roll now) why does everyone keep saying ‘like’ every two words. I can’t stand it like, it’s like really irritating like. Innit like.


  • http://www.thepeacefulbeing.com Mary Donnery

    Just Sayin – I hate it, yet I still find it coming out of my mouth sometimes. Is there no 12 step program for this? Just sayin 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Totally like whatever, you know?
    By Taylor Mali
    I read this poem my Mr. Mali almost seven years ago and we still talk like we don’t mean it.. preach sister!


    In case you hadn’t noticed,
    it has somehow become uncool
    to sound like you know what you’re talking about?
    Or believe strongly in what you’re saying?
    Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)’s
    have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?
    Even when those sentences aren’t, like, questions? You know?

    Declarative sentences – so-called
    because they used to, like, DECLARE things to be true
    as opposed to other things which were, like, not –
    have been infected by a totally hip
    and tragically cool interrogative tone? You know?
    Like, don’t think I’m uncool just because I’ve noticed this;
    this is just like the word on the street, you know?
    It’s like what I’ve heard?
    I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions, okay?
    I’m just inviting you to join me in my uncertainty?

    What has happened to our conviction?
    Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?
    Have they been, like, chopped down
    with the rest of the rain forest?
    Or do we have, like, nothing to say?
    Has society become so, like, totally . . .
    I mean absolutely . . . You know?
    That we’ve just gotten to the point where it’s just, like . . .

    And so actually our disarticulation . . . ness
    is just a clever sort of . . . thing
    to disguise the fact that we’ve become
    the most aggressively inarticulate generation
    to come along since . . .
    you know, a long, long time ago!

    I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you,
    I challenge you: To speak with conviction.
    To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks
    the determination with which you believe it.
    Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker,
    it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY.
    You have to speak with it, too.

    • http://freyativity.wordpress.com freyativity

      love this. 🙂

  • http://gravatar.com/smoothpebble smoothpebble

    For me it’s the “really?” said with an inflection and a look of sarcasm. Usually added into an anecdote of some awful thing someone did to the person telling the anecdote. For example: “And I just looked at them and thought…Really? Really?”

  • Anonymous

    I know a woman who says, “I heart you!”
    I grimace imperceptibly, and think to myself that I don’t want her “heart.”

  • http://alittlelunch.wordpress.com Kimby

    My neighbors will attest to the fact that I do indeed el oh el, especially when reading an amusing post such as yours. (No apostrophe necessary.) I LOVE the English language (emphasis on ‘love’ for purposes pertaining to your subject matter) and I, too, have found myself being annoyed with “text/blog speak,” especially when I succumb to it. (I’m guily of one too many smiley faces and excessive exclamation points, never mind that they illustrate my personality in a graphic way.) Your post was long overdue. Lesson learned. BRAVO!

  • http://alittlelunch.wordpress.com Kimby

    P.S. Didn’t mean to shout. And I misspelled guilty… oops!!! 🙂

  • jason

    great post!
    not sure if this was mentioned, but for a while there was a resurgence in the word, “legit.” example: “omg, i’m like legit hungry!” yeah. that. i worked with teenagers for 3 years and heard a lot of terrible English.

    • http://freyativity.wordpress.com freyativity

      to add to your point; “heard”, “mad”, “uber”…
      i remember in high school, it was “dude, i’m mad cold…”, “i got mad paper, need some?”
      rarely did i actually hear people say, “gosh, i’m so mad!”

  • http://howficklemyheart.wordpress.com howficklemyheart

    I agree with all of these…except fail. Certain things, that’s just the only word to describe them. How about adorbs and awk? For adorable and awkward. And presh. Great post!


  • http://evelyngarone.wordpress.com Evie Garone

    These are such valid points and I’m so glad you shared your opinion. . . I’m glad I’m not the only snarky female out there trying to rid the planet of some ridiculous things! Go sister!

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  • http://sparesky.wordpress.com simeonparesky

    Hey Tamara…

    What a great blog post! Thank you for speaking the minds of many people. I agree, it is ‘ridic’ (spell this out!) that people, especially the younger generation are becoming less articulate in the way they speak and write. What I believe is a ‘blow’ to learning any language such as ours, is taking advantage by using shortcuts when speaking it. Express yourself fully! English was not my native language at the age of five when I came here to the United States from Bulgaria, but I am always learning.

    So I read numerous comments from fellow bloggers of your posting, and I have to say, they were really interesting to read! I don’t text as well, never will, unless I am in a ‘hostage situation’ and I have to! “JK”!…? Sickening.

    Has anyone brought up the shortcut, “WORD.” Literally, oh excuse me, “LEGITT” people will say this when they agree with something. “Word gee.” It’s disgusting sounding!

    But again, I just wanted to thank you for bringing up an issue that we see in text messaging, emailing, and in essays. Can’t wait to read more!


  • http://janislrobles.wordpress.com Janis

    I hate “delish” mainly because of Rachel Ray (and she tried to get EVOO somewhere in the mix but it didn’t really catch on until 2 seconds ago).

    • http://freyativity.wordpress.com freyativity

      OH MY GOSH!! i also hate… “yummo”!!

    • http://sparesky.wordpress.com simeonparesky

      Hi Janis,

      One reason why I can’t stand watching her. She represents our culture, which we view education and the ability to express yourself, HIGHLY! People will start to idealize television personalities’ way of speaking. It’s gross!

  • http://freyativity.wordpress.com freyativity

    i hate ‘baby bump’ and ‘preggers’ …. to name a few…. or when people purposely misspell words, such as, ‘quick’, ‘easy’…
    i also hate when people are shortening celebrity names (but that’s another story altogether!), or mish-mash their name together with their mate’s name.
    it’s due to laziness and lack of a proper education 😉

    • http://freyativity.wordpress.com freyativity

      as i say this with all of my lower case words, but at least i admit to laziness, haha!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for your efforts to keep the English language alive and well.I don’t know if these qualify but: ”Basically” is a particular peeve of mine that seems to be tacked onto almost every sentence. Is something the way it is, or is it basically the way it is? And my other new hate phrase that’s everywhere is “At the end of the day…”

  • Paul Sanderson

    Thank you for your efforts to keep the English language alive and well.I don’t know if these qualify but: ”Basically” is a particular peeve of mine that seems to be tacked onto almost every sentence. Is something the way it is, or is it basically the way it is? And my other new hate phrase that’s everywhere is “At the end of the day…”

  • http://ciciwright.wordpress.com CiCi

    I can’t stop laughing over here! What a great fresh press! Just what I needed today…you know what I mean? (another annoying phrase to add to the list)

  • Bianca

    1000% agree with “epic” and “FAIL”. I have to add “At the end of the day” and “I’m ‘a tell you what”… such silly expressions.

  • http://barefootones.wordpress.com Danny

    Thanks for the much needed laugh! Delish particularly irritates me, mainly because of the association with someone who says it WAY too much. I also don’t like prob or probs, oh snap, how I (we) roll, overuse of epic, and of course any spoken form of texting or 1337 5p34k. For that matter, I don’t like that when people text it, either. What irks me most are made up or mispronounced words like heighth, twiced, you’s, etc.

  • http://lerepartee.wordpress.com leRepartee

    omg and lol. Gr8 post! Oops, I mean… What an excellent post. Seriously. Your tone reads really well. I Like the way you tackle a maddening slice of pop culture in this one. Keep up the good work! cya 😉

  • http://somerandomwordz.wordpress.com Z

    No offense: followed by a statement clearly used as an offense or suggested offense. No one ever uses “no offense” as a complement, so why pretend the following statement is!? I hate that.

    • http://brandimiller.wordpress.com brandimiller

      So true! I usually instantly get offended when I hear, “no offense” because I know something offensive is coming. They would have been better off just saying whatever it was.

  • http://waywordbound.wordpress.com WayWordBound

    I love this. I am definitely sick of the trend; ‘that awkward moment when…’ Really, the only reason it’s awkward is because you just told on yourself. Pop culture is out of control

  • http://brandimiller.wordpress.com brandimiller

    I’m guilty of a few of these myself, but some of them do really annoy me. I hate the ones that are shortened words to sound “hip” or something. Totes, ridic, hilar, natch are all awful. My fiance uses those ones sometimes, but I’m almost certain he’s either doing it ironically, or to simply annoy me. I have been made fun of for saying “perifs” instead of “peripherals”, before, however. I got that one from high school marching band. The teacher would say, “Look out of your perifs to make sure you’re aligned.”

    Personally the one I’m probably most guilty of is “I know, right?” I know it doesn’t make any sense, but sometimes I don’t know what else to say. >_>

    I also hate “Know what I’m sayin’?” I hate it mostly because of how it is repeated after every sentence. Yes, I’m still listening, yes, I still understand.

  • http://worldazis.wordpress.com/ Ty

    Now that you posted this, I hear my girls saying it ALL THE TIME. Sorry for the shout, but just this evening, they each said it 5 times each (two hour span).

    My eldest just turned 13. I guess I can expect many more phrases that I neither recognize nor enjoy.

  • http://naughteebits.wordpress.com naughteebits

    Oh my god, so funny, great post!
    Ehhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I almost “LOL’ed” this comment. Yeah, I have a few of these bad ;p

  • http://marykathryntyson.wordpress.com mary kathryn tyson

    okay, as someone who actually *does* say *some* of these things, this totes cracks me up.

    the reason why is because i mostly do it to make fun of myself. my friend caroline is the queen of all of these short-words, so we mostly just make fun of each other when we’re using them.

    plus, when speaking in 140 characters or less? it helps.

    lol and anything related to it make me batty.

    i’m a grammar-fool (i mean, CLEARLY, since i can’t be bothered to use capital letters at the right times) and teach adult basic ed and esl classes. and it. drives. me. crazy. for people to speak or write incorrectly. but, for some reason, ‘just sayin’ and ‘totes’ still make me laugh. i also use ‘presh’ or ‘preshy’, fully aware of how silly it sounds. idk…for some reason, it helps me not take everything so seriously.

    (i also get why it’s annoying.) 🙂


  • http://onethousandnovels.wordpress.com Stephanie {1000 Novels}

    When I become Empress of the Universe I shall ban the phrase “it is what it is.” I will also make it a felony to use the (non)word “irregardless.”

  • http://thedabbler.wordpress.com Heather

    Oh I love all of these! (To be fair, I’ve only heard someone SAY “LOL” on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”). In the blink of an eye we’ll be onto the next dumb thing. Language is fluid and fun. Just… YOU KNOW! 😉

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  • fantasticallyfuchsia

    I really love this post! I have to add “true dat” and “you don’t even know” because actually i do know but thanks for assuming you have it so much worse than me…

  • fantasticallyfuchsia

    Oh, and I don’t know if someone has said this one but FML
    FML (F_ _ _ My Life) is such a drama queen phrase. “FML I’m late for work” Oh yes you’re life is so hard and so over because you’re late..get over it

    • Anonymous

      My friends use that all the time, and I think “what does that supposed to even mean?” I feel as though your degrading yourself when you say “oh FML.” This blunt expression is overused, especially on Facebook. I see that when people are posting what they’re doing or how they feel. I agree, it’s not the end of the world!!

  • Anonymous

    My personal favorites:
    That’s so sick! (meant as a good thing)
    Dude, like_legit!(uhm…. that’s all I have to say)
    That’s so raw! (??)

  • fantasticallyfuchsia

    Sorry if I’m over commenting, but the more I read the more I have to say…I don’t like when people say “LOL” outloud because it’s an action not a statement. So, in live conversation you are telling me you are laughing outloud instead of just laughing? That just seems like a lie to me, and it’s just wrong on many levels.

  • http://accidentalstepmom.wordpress.com JM Randolph

    I read your post earlier and it cracked me up, but then Renée (RAS-J) made me go back and read all the comments. At work, the guys always say
    “not for nothin’, but. . . ”
    Meanwhile, in a slightly different direction, can you do anything about irregardless?

  • http://jsh0608.wordpress.com jsh0608

    I actually use a lot of these words/phrases you have mentioned and throughout the thread. Doesn’t mean I am uneducated, lazy, or whatever and it doesn’t mean I talk, text, email like this with just anyone. Family and close friends sure, bosses or anyone professional no. Just have to draw the line with who or when you ‘say’ these things. Just a preference between certain people just like a type of clothes one person wears…just saying. :0) (sorry couldn’t resist) :0)

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  • http://PiedType.com PiedType

    Marvelous post! And it’s much too late for me to start on my list of peeves (I have so many).

  • http://JDKnowsSports.wordpress.com jdknowssports

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one that has an issue with “totes” or any other absurd and unnecessary abbreviations!
    Very witty post as well 🙂

  • http://procrastinatingdevilsworkshop.wordpress.com triptisharma2012

    so you too don’t like “K” instead of “okay’…???

  • http://anunfortunatejourney.wordpress.com thissalantine

    I think that what I am not seeing in this post is the understanding that language is more than just words. he way we communicate says something about our education, where and to what extent, as well as where and how we were raised, by whom, and what importance language and communication held in our early environments. Language is also generational, and evolving art, if you will, and words always convey more than words. Words are as trendy as those horrific scrunchies, hand embroidered jeans, round tip versus flat tip fingernails, or whitewall tires. ow we form a sentence says something about us, and the most conscious of us form our sentences deliberately to communicate something about ourselves. Those who reach for equal ground search for ways to speak deliberately to the recipient(s) of our humble blatherings. Those searching for true understanding take the time to learn what expressions of speech really mean. And the most wonderful thing happens when you take the time to listen to not only what another person is ‘just sayin’ ‘, but how it’s said. You learn about a world outside of yourself.

    Congrats, d00d, on takin’ the time to keep it real. True story. Derp.

  • http://nothingintellectual.wordpress.com Manali Shah

    I’m getting a bit tired of ‘epic’ and ‘awesome’.

  • http://workerinlight.wordpress.com marie

    Nice post. The abbreviation of language is for the lazy mind, who actually cannot express themselves. Immaturity being taken on by the 40 year teenagers in our society. So Sad!

  • http://www.facebook.com/srinikasturi Srinivas Kasturi

    Sort out your own usage of “already” and add it to your list.

  • http://ocularity.wordpress.com ocularity

    “FAIL” and “epic fail” are the worst recent offenders, but there are some regionalisms that are as painful to behold, such as “acrosst” (where did that T originate?) and “heighth” (length, width, HEIGHT seems to be too complex for many here in Wisconsin). Great post, thanks for sharing.

  • http://losingalice.wordpress.com Mudmap

    I hate sentences followed by NOT! If you are using sarcasm and irony well, then you don’t need to tell me “NOT”, I can work it out for myself.

    Loved this post – so many things I have thought to myself, nice to know others think the same! Perhaps we are all just old and grumpy….. (or is that just me?)

  • Anonymous

    I have used fail occasionally but generally dislike popular clichés. I think ‘thank you for sharing’ could be one one the worst. I’m British and so don’t have to put up with ‘have a nice day’ all day long; but it would drive me nuts!

  • http://gobbledegok.wordpress.com gobbledegok

    Well, it certainly took a long time to get to the end of all these comments! But I really see where you’re coming from, and this post is fantastic. Oh, and good job for getting Freshly Pressed. Will check out your blog more often (now that I know it exists). Two of my pet peeves- over-use of exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and ‘dot-dot-dot’s’…………………………

  • http://cherylmcnulty.wordpress.com Cheryl McNulty

    Since I have 3 teens, I completely understand! 🙂

  • http://somethingelsa.wordpress.com somethingelsa

    I am annoyed by people who use the work “like” multiple times in conversations.

    “It was, like, so awful! I was like so embarrassed and I will, like never, like get over it!”

  • http://thingsifancydotcom.wordpress.com Kel

    I always forget to visit Freshly Pressed….I remembered today and my eye went RIGHT to your title. I loathe “just sayin.” Thanks for my 1st laugh of the morning!

  • http://algarveblogdotnet.wordpress.com ferragudofan

    I hate ‘I don’t mean to be rude’ … or ‘I don’t mean to offend’ …. when you know they are going to be rude or offend you… aargh!

  • http://queenrantathon.wordpress.com olympicranter

    Ha ha love this! although i am guilty in saying a few of those words. There is one saying that does my nut in…..’im not being funny but’… —-> well obviously you are if you start the conversation with these words. 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/ckindel Charlie Kindel (@ckindel)

    If I’m being honest, I think that people who say “If I’m being honest…” are full of shit.

  • http://onewomansperspective02.wordpress.com Rebecca Carney – One Woman’s Perspective

    Since we’re just sayin’:

    As I listened to my neighbor’s profanity-laced tirade at his daughter this morning (which disturbed my Saturday morning as I relaxed with my second cup of coffee), I couldn’t help but wonder when it became the accepted norm for anyone and everyone to swear like a sailor anywhere and everywhere he or she wishes. Now, I’m not a prude; I just don’t think it’s necessary for civilized people to embellish every other sentence with f this or s that. It adds no value to what a person has to say; as a matter of fact, it reduces the value of what’s said. If you have to add swearing to your verbal or written language just to make a point, does the point you are making stand on its own when you remove the swearing?

    I don’t want to hear your profanity as I’m sitting down with my family to eat at a nice restaurant. I don’t want to hear it as I shop at the mall or grocery store. I don’t really want to hear it at all.

    Just sayin’…

    • http://youarenotlostyouarehere.wordpress.com youarenotlostyouarehere

      I agree! It’s as if people think that adding a swear word here and there makes them super-duper cool or “hard”. Whatever – I tend to forget about what they’re actually saying and start counting how many times they manage to squeeze in swear words into their story. Gordon Ramsay needs a fat piece of duct tape over his mouth and stop swearing to//in front of his little kids, or they’re going to end up just like him!

    • http://barbaracoles.wordpress.com Barbara Coles

      I always told my kids swearing makes you stupid. Not that it made much of an impression, damn it.

    • Anonymous

      Rebecca, you make an excellent point. I am currently living on a college campus with five other housemates, and do they say the “F” word in every sentence! What’s unfortunate about it is, they have repeated it so many times, at first I don’t even realize they just said the word! It’s sad.

  • http://psychedelicnun.wordpress.com psychedelicnun

    Gotta luv it!- I have to love what? Definitely not your grammar.

  • http://therealbryon.wordpress.com therealbryon-or gay sex and the city

    so very true and funny! I agree. I find myself often over using these myself. It is annoying. Great reading!

  • http://www.drgabb.com carolyn

    Things said I could live without… brings back memories of my days as a supervisor of student teachers — and having to “tick” mark EVERY time they said: “you know” “well” “like, I mean” “and…and…and…”…..
    They were shocked in the beginning of the semester…some actually improved their language patterns … at least for the classroom. A very interesting topic…

  • http://charlywalker.wordpress.com charlywalker


    That one.

  • http://ejlavoie.wordpress.com EJ Lavoie

    Entertaining as hell.
    Cheers . . . er, thanks.

  • http://asoulswalk.wordpress.com asoulwalker

    I also hate “OMG.” I’m just sayn’.

  • http://youarenotlostyouarehere.wordpress.com youarenotlostyouarehere

    Wow such a brilliant post, and congrats for Freshly Pressed. DEFINITELY agree with your last one there, ‘that’s what I’m saying’. How many times do I have to have a conversation with people, say something, just for them to simply repeat my exact words two seconds later – as if I didn’t say it in the first place?! Also, my mates got into habit of putting LOL into real words, like profiterLOL and LOLlerskates. Too much time on non-words, too little time on actual speaking!

  • http://gravatar.com/macblogsky macblogskyKate McClare

    Thank you for “I know, right?” I thought I was the only one. What the hell is this even supposed to mean? Uh, yeah, I guess you do know or you wouldn’t have said you do. Right?

  • http://krekushka.wordpress.com Karmen D.

    I totally agree on “just sayin”.

  • http://thediaryofsugarandspice.wordpress.com thediaryofsugarandspice

    Bahaha…. Brilliant, indeed! Well done!

  • http://icouldntmakethisshitup.wordpress.com Eva McCane

    i couldn’t agree more. Ridic is one that makes me immediately irritated. I suppose in a culture that cultivates laziness, it’s only a matter of time before the bulk of our vocabulary becomes three-letter acronyms and slang. Boo.

  • http://barbaracoles.wordpress.com Barbara Coles

    This one is at least as old as the Nixon administration: “at this point in time.” Unless you’re pointing at a map, “at this point” is about time! I have a good friend who says this regularly, and it’s only because of my deep love for her that I don’t rip the hair from my head (or hers) when she says it. Fun post – best for us language junkies to get these things off our chests without injuring other people.

  • Anonymous

    I chuckled at your post but in reality a living language is an ever evolving language and most of the terms you pointed out are merely examples of an attempt at verbal evolution. Like it or not it will happen anyway.
    Have a happy!

  • http://steveghee.wordpress.com steveghee

    Trust me, the doses of these phrases you get when playing MMORPGs are lethal.

  • http://www.metaphase.wordpress.com metaphase

    No one has mentioned “hella” like hella cool, etc. Young kids say hecka’. I don’t like it, no not one bit….

  • http://pickagoal.wordpress.com Luckylulu

    My ultimate word pet-peeve? When someone says “sick” meaning unusual or fantastic in reference to a unique or tasty creation. “That is sick”! I immediately see them on a couch watching American Chopper re-runs. And while I am on this rant: Hotty has got to go too.

  • http://www.awomasdesign.com NOH

    I just stumbled upon your post and i’m so glad I did. Hilarious and oh so true!

  • Anonymous

    Laters! for Bye……..that gets my goat…errm, laters for what??
    Brilliant piece, Tamara, well done! 🙂

  • http://cyclewriteblog.wordpress.com Jean

    I still like “awesome”. But when someone uses it too often in telling a story, then the “awesomeness” is lost. 🙂

  • smiles13

    For everyone who commented on this awesome post remember that this is all Tom Hanks’ fault, because the alphabetic abbreviations all started in “Sleepless in Seattle.” Had Tom not been such a great actor and if and Rob Reiner a great director the movie would have sucked and the trend never would have begun.

  • http://www.digitalisindustries.com Eden Hemming

    In our marriage, my husband and I employ “just sayin'” to great effect. It’s actually quite useful when it seems like we might start fighting just because we are mistaking each other’s tones as angry. Other than that, I wouldn’t use it, though.

    And I’ve also heard “Oh Em Gee” and “Bee Ar Bee” in conversation. In both situations, I cringe.

  • http://fixingfrienships.wordpress.com Aurora

    LUV the post. How much longer does it take to put in an e and spell the word right? Check out my friend advice blog: http://www.fixingfriendships.wordpress.com

  • http://chris1149.wordpress.com Sylvester James LeBlanc

    I have to admit, I do say IDK and LOL out loud….guilty.

  • http://onetwentymn.wordpress.com onetwentymn

    I think that the generation before mine (and many in my generation) are so damn attached to Twitter, Facebook or whatever that they really struggle to speak out loud. I don’t think they have the necessary skills to articulate themselves. Here’s an example, I’m 22-years old. My sister (who’s 19) had her friends over for her graduation party. I sat down, tried to chat with them and could only get one to two word answers out of them. I’m not intimidating, nor was I trying to be. On the contrary I was trying to make them feel welcome.

    However, trying to talk to them was painful and made me feel old. Yes, that’s right, OLD. Maybe 22 is the new 40, but for some reason I feel that because their primary social contact is through artificial channels that they just can’t make conversation. I use Twitter, I use Facebook, I use WordPress, but I also get out of the damn house with my hands off my phone/keyboard. Maybe I am old, because I wasn’t able to get a couple of those up there. What the hell is “natch?”

    • Anonymous

      “OMG!!” YOU READ MY MIND! It is tough I agree to have a ‘normal’ conversation now with anyone in our generation. I am 23 years old, living on campus. I hear those ridiculous phrases all the time, and I am thinking “Then what the hell are you doing going a college English class for?!” I hate one or two worded answers as well. I actually find it rude…you do bring up a very good point!

  • http://gravatar.com/mgnagy MG Nagy

    One that I am tired of is “pop culture.” Typically, it comes from people that do not really know anything about Popular Culture. Just sayin’.

  • http://theweaponofchoice.wordpress.com Iris Chamberlain

    ASAP is an acronym, not a word! It is pronounced “as soon as possible,” or even A-S-A-P; I can compromise. Ay-sap, on the other hand…

  • http://fiskbook.wordpress.com fiskbook

    I am looking after a kitten called Tamara at the moment. That’s why I looked at this post. I like the way that your hatred of the expression “lol” extends to not even being able to type it, so you have to write “el oh el.” lol.

  • http://invisiblesandwichtm.wordpress.com invisiblesandwichtm

    Good luck fighting your most loathed phrases. The English language is in constant flux, and trying to resist new words and new meanings for words isn’t going to work, unless you’ve got Barack Obama levels of influence. Even then, it might not work.

    Of course, you can always prevent yourself from using such phrasery, but considering how much we unconsciously absorb, even that might be difficult. The alternative is to start speaking exclusively Latin or something that doesn’t change, but that’s not so much an alternative as jumping off the deep pool of slight eclecticisms.

  • http://janicejohnson.wordpress.com Jan

    Funny post, and mostly not to be argued with. Now, I may have too much time on my hands, but I’ve been thinking about the title peeve. Sometimes, at least, “I’m just sayin” has a legitimate place. If you make a statement, and then realize (perhaps cued by others’ reactions) that your words could be construed as implying something you didn’t mean, then it makes sense. It’s another way of saying, “Don’t read anything into that last remark. Just take the words at face value.”
    But just tacked onto the end of any old sentence? No.

  • http://coloradocouple.wordpress.com coloradocouple

    I LITERALLY laughed my face off.
    I LITERALLY couldn’t believe it.
    I LITERALLY ate a horse.
    You either literally did it, and you don’t need to express that this literally happened OR this is a figurative expression, in which case, it did not LITERALLY happen.

  • http://eventslink.wordpress.com ozarkdreams

    You forgot poeple who end a figurtive statement with the word literally, When I hear people do this I realize that they are to stupid to understand the difference, literally.

  • thoraaron

    “You know what I’m saying/You know what I mean” are good ones too.

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  • http://jameskittle.wordpress.com James Kittle

    Epic fail.

  • http://solitaryhorizons.wordpress.com Afsal Ismail

    I’m guilty of using all those phrases but get upset when they’re used back. It’s funny now that I think about it haha

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  • http://boomersperch.wordpress.com Bigboomer

    OMG…you just like totally like nailed it on the head like ummm…yeah you know. So I have no idea what I just said here. This is, however sad it sounds. An actual sentence(?) I heard once. I would like to throw in the following words/statements: I’m gonna do…this is used by people that are ordering food, whether in a deli or restaurant. I don’t know about anyone in here, but I do not do my food. I cook it and then I eat it. Whatever people want to do in the privacy of their own home is none of my business. One more real quick. The use of the word “fool” when talking to, or about someone else. I overheard a conversation in a locker room one time two guys talking about different things and they called each other fool at least twenty times.

  • http://adamselsdiscontent.wordpress.com adamselsdiscontent

    I know you’re right. I’m sure of it. But admitting this means that I must be careful what I say from now on. I am infamous for “just sayin'” and it’s terrible. There should be a support group. I’ve been known to say “BRB”…now and then. I don’t think I’ve ever said “lol” out loud…but I know I’ve typed or sent it in a text message, without actually laughing out loud. I’m a filthy liar! Ugh!

  • http://hmillerick.wordpress.com hmillerick

    Ugh… “it is what it is”. What I want to respond with when someone says that: “it is going to be my foot up your as* the next time you say that to me. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      I love this one too! When people have subtle passive aggressive arguments, they say that, when in fact their statement does not make sense! I want to say “no actually, it’s not what it is! You’re wrong!!”

  • http://fristalann.wordpress.com Fristal Ann

    Because vs. cuz. It’s not so bad when someone types or texts cuz or cause but when people say it…that irritates me. Almost as much a liberry or nuculear…

  • http://thepaintingblog.wordpress.com Phil Morin

    Old School

  • Rico

    How about a few more annoying words and phrase ?
    Whatever. Uber. Paybacks are a motherf….r. Absolutely.
    These have been around much too long, eh?
    P.S. eh

  • http://curlybookworm.wordpress.com CurlyLAF

    LOL! it’s another way of being creative! this post is entertaining and very informing! Nice!

    CONGRATS for being Freshly Pressed! 🙂


  • http://d1g1talg1rl.wordpress.com d1g1talg1rl

    The one thing that annoy’s me more than anything is the missuse of the word rape… I hear people use it everyday to describe some very mundane things like “I just got raped on that level by an elite” and generally joking about it. I have a lot of friends that missuse that word far too freely and it does upset me. (Sorry for bringing the mood down a bit there!)
    Other words and phrases that get on my nerves are:
    “Oh my daze”
    “Ya get me bruv”
    “Braap” apparently its ment to sound like a gun and be intimidating… =/ really?
    “At the end of the day” gets used far too much and usually in the wrong context.

  • http://www.editormichael.com MichaelEdits

    The next time somebody literally explodes, I wanna see it on YouTube. I won’t ROFL, though, because nobody ever really does this.

  • http://www.kaystoner.com kaystoner

    My own blood-boilers:
    Reeeelllee? (Especially when inflected poorly by an 8-year-old standing beside a minivan in the grocery store parking lot, trying to be cool)
    High fives — not spoken, but about as welcome in my life as all of the expressions you called out — why must all white people suddenly become athletes celebrating a touchdown/goal/score of some kind?
    Cool beans
    Any sort of abbreviation of full words/names that causes normal human speech to sound like a Twitter post looks… and is intended purely to impress, with some sort of emotional shorthand.

  • http://happydomesticity.wordpress.com Alison

    Really great post.

    The use of fingers for quotes… makes me want to scream, too.

  • http://thoughtspresso.wordpress.com arlihama

    I know, right?

  • http://jaydeejapan.wordpress.com jaydeejapan

    Winning! Sorry, I just had to add a more recent one. As an English teacher, I find it quite annoying when I hear lazy English.

  • http://pronetouncontrollablefitsoflaughter.wordpress.com pronetouncontrollablefitsoflaughters

    Haha! I love this! Finish your damn sentences and I might understand what you are saying!

  • http://connieemeraldeyes.wordpress.com/ Connie T

    I hate “ya know”, and they say it after every sentence. Have you ever listened to Anderson Cooper? The way he talks drives me crazy. He talks and repeats a word like 3 times and says “ah, ah, ah” in a thought.

  • http://justmomthings.wordpress.com justmomthings

    “swag” I hate that word. Too closely associated with being cocky and arrogance.

  • http://ramblingsandrumblings.wordpress.com speaker7

    I know you already have hundreds of comments to sift through, but I want to profusely thank you for writing this. Whenever I see “just sayin'” I want to commit bodily harm. I also notice people seem to write this after just sayin’ truly appalling things. I would like to punch these people in the mouth.

  • http://irenetobiasrodriguez.wordpress.com Irene Tobias Rodriguez

    Like…you know what I mean

  • http://shrinkmuch.wordpress.com shrinkmuch

    So well written…and very funny 🙂

  • http://tempisfugit.wordpress.com K.L.Richardson

    One that totally confuses me is “that’s SICK!” meaning it is really nice. Someone recently said that about a hand-crafted necklace that took me a week to complete. I didn’t know whether to cry or re-evaluate my style….

  • http://childhoodrelived.wordpress.com Angie Z.

    “It is what it is.” HATE that one. And there’s definitely been an uptick in its use the past couple of years.

  • http://hannibalzouk.wordpress.com Dr. Jensen

    I’m guilty of using “el oh el” over the internet for purposes of humour.
    However, a roommate of mine puts “just kidding” at the end of virtually every statement along with her horrible laugh, and every time she does I feel an urge to slap her. I totally agree that people should be able to finish–and spell out–their words.

  • ailikeskimaki

    “You’ve been owned”…what the hell is that?

    • Anonymous

      I feel like I’m in a video game when I hear that! what does that even mean?!

  • http://gravatar.com/meltdownatcampcrazy meltdownatcampcrazy

    Your post and comments have me thinking about all of the words I LOVE, like today I thought about how great the word afghan (the blanket your aunt knits for you!), but on the note of words or phrases I hate:
    “Whatever” definitely wins. That word always gets my blood boiling, and I turn instantly into preparation to scrap mode!

  • http://austinldunn.wordpress.com aldunn1

    this is so true!!!! pop culture is the norm now…but i am guilty of using “LOL” all the time in a text message…but i hear the word “presh” for how precious someone is

  • http://realanonymousgirl.wordpress.com realanonymousgirl2011

    Some of those are just “ridic!” I had to do it. I am guilty of using a few of those. Congrats on your FP!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, there are some things I hear folk say which I also find irritating. Such as, “You know what I mean?” Well, heck, as presumably you’re both speaking the same language, why wouldn’t you?!
    Also, “I was, like…” doesn’t sound like proper English, does it? yet so many folks are talking like that today…
    Also, adding “You know” to the end of a sentence… well, they’ve just said it, so of course you do!

  • http://slowlikesweethoney.wordpress.com slowlikesweethoney

    Not sure if anyone else said it but I am really tired of the word Swag….

  • http://starlight427.wordpress.com starlight

    oh that el oh el thing, i usually type or text haha instead of LOL.. that’s my #epic fail… nice post,

  • http://jeremiahazurin.wordpress.com jeremiahazurin

    In class when a student who rarely participates tries to say something intelligent in an attempt to make up for their absence says, “[blah blah blah blah ‘intelligent’ comment here, I DON’T KNOW.”

    As in they’re trying to put their two cents in, but tries to retract it.

  • http://upshut.wordpress.com Betsy

    Ha, not gonna lie: I say “Just sayin'” all the time. Interesting that it annoys so many people, but I’m not sure I’m willing to let it go. 😛

  • http://jsteinhomes.wordpress.com Joshua Stein

    My wife has a major aversion to the term “Chillaxin'”. You can “chill” and you can “relax”, but since the mean the same thing, you really can’t say you’re doing both at the same time, when it’s really only on thing you’re doing.

  • http://jsteinhomes.wordpress.com Joshua Stein

    Oooo…can’t forget “no offense.” Said only when you know that offense will be taken.

  • http://jsteinhomes.wordpress.com Joshua Stein

    Oooo…can’t forget “no offense.” Said only when you know that offense will be taken.

    In the same vein: “I mean this in the nicest possible way…” As in: “I mean this in the nicest possible way, but you’re a moron.”

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  • Anonymous

    Really. I hate that word. “I lost my keys again.”
    If I said it then I did it there’s no reason to ask me to repeat it.

  • http://asheperception.wordpress.com Ashely!!!

    Love this post!

  • http://arvanah.wordpress.com Ariel Havanah

    YES!!! I remember when some of my friends started saying I know, right? DROVE ME CRAZY!!!! I hated it! The worst thing was I caught myself saying it not too long ago!!!! Horrible! But at lease it took a years to work it’s way into my vocabulary….

  • http://chairo.wordpress.com Beloved

    I really dislike anything that represents God’s name taken in vain. You can see and read and hear it cut up in the many different variations.

    You’ve actually affirmed something I’ve had in the back of my mind to write about for some time. Everytime I hear my Saviour’s name taken in vain, it reminds me of just how far off course too many people are. In biblical times, God’s name was shortened to avoid writing His holy name in vain, and the scribes had to go through a precise ritual of cleansing themselves before putting ink to paper that would refer to Him.

    Now, you would be hard pressed to meet anyone who has reverence for the Creator of the universe, the Almighty Father and all that He is to so many who adore and worship Him for Who He is.

    My Saviour is not a cuss word. I wish people would stop that nonsense…

  • http://soreadthis.wordpress.com soman319

    Oh man there are soooooo many “words” out there that really annoy me. Just to throw a few out there…
    Legitly- The word is legitimately.
    I get bothered when people say “literally” something happens.
    And as a young 20 something year old with a teenager brother, I’m noticing even worse trend of slang and word/sentence “shorteners”. For instance, the use of the word “Swag” in every way, shape and form. I mean, what does “I’m getting my [insert random daily activity] swag” mean?

  • http://soreadthis.wordpress.com soman319

    Love it. I’ve pointed out words that slightly annoy me to some of my friends. Suffice to say, they found me silly.

    Here are a few, “ish” (instead of stuff, crap, the S-word! lol), “Swag” (teenagers and those younger than me use it… no idea what it means, “Legitly” instead of legitimately.

  • http://echomo.wordpress.com echomo

    “wtfbbq” – Can someone please tell me what it means? I keep hearing it, in all sorts of situations, but those who say it are too cool to explain to me why they are swearing at or about a barbeque. It drives me up the wall when I hear it, so I’d like to know what exactly is driving me up this wall 🙂

  • http://arremanfbgm.wordpress.com arresa11b

    wow you are really picky xD

  • http://stryka66.wordpress.com stryka66

    Agreed !

  • http://dirtwithbreath.wordpress.com dirtwithbreath

    Hi. Love your blog, glad it was Freshly Pressed. I’ll be sure to keep reading. I also have despaired of ‘totes’.

    ok…ok…I’ve been guilty of ‘just sayin’. Won’t be ‘just sayin’ that anymore HAHA ugh.

  • http://spikn.wordpress.com Samuel Picken

    Definitely fed up with “totes”,”FTW” and “No U”

  • http://www.giftsofthejourney.wordpress.com Elizabeth Harper

    Great post! While slightly different than what you’re talking about, I’ve had to adjust to a few additional ‘new words’ since moving to the UK and people often look at me strangely when I don’t understand them right away.

    They tend to shorten or modify words such as piccies (sounds like pickies) for pictures or pressies (sounds like prezzies) for presents. I get so confused sometimes when a new word presents into a convo. Oops, sorry about that slip up. I sometimes cross over to the other side for a sec without knowing it. Damn, I did it again. I’m trying to cut out the secs too.

    Seriously, I loved your post. Well done getting Freshly Pressed too.

  • http://books2day.wordpress.com 918press

    I’m guilty of at least two of those and are these are ones that I use A-LOT:

    “Get Out!”- no, don’t leave, but are you really serious about that? It’s one that I think I’ve been using since 1980. Isn’t that sad?

    “Oh em gee” and “Tee em eye” – really, just say the words, you don’t have to spell them!

    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  • Anonymous

    “All good.” Whatever happened to “I forgive you?” “All good” negates the need for a specific apology or the awareness of having wronged. I’m sorry, that’s wrong.

  • http://clumsyballerina.wordpress.com clumsyballerina

    What exactly does FTW stand for? ANy way I’ve been ROTFLLLLOL!

    • http://whereismyreallife.wordpress.com wtfhappenedtomyreallife

      FTW means For The Win. It is a gaming term. I was totally WTF when I saw FTW for the first time. I thought it meant F*** the world because of who posted it. I got lectured about the meaning and how it is important…blah.

  • http://sweetwater percival

    that said,
    that being said,
    having said that,

  • http://misadventuresofmsnotright.tumblr.com Ms. Not-Right-Now

    Wow. I’ve never really find myself using any of these in actual conversation (as in when I’m not typing it). Except maybe fail. I still find that one quite hilarious!

  • http://th3btiam.wordpress.com th3btiam

    I am not a fan of ” my bad” or ” WTF”. If a person can’t give a real apology, don’t go halfhearted; it is disingenuous, at best. I hate airquotes, but written is okay. Also, WTF when written is much better than spoken. Of course, the beauty of the spoken phrase always brings a smile to my face.

  • http://aivyloveslife.wordpress.com aivyloveslife

    Unfortunately, I’m guilty of using a lot of the “lingo” or overused terms nowadays, but this doesn’t mean that I’m uneducated or lazy. I agree that a lot of them are overused. However, I think they’re fine as long as you’re actually using them correctly and not saying them just to sound “cool”. This doesn’t mean that I like all of them, though. I have a few that I really hate.

    Swag – I really dislike this word. I hate it even more when people say things such as, “Eating breakfast at 7AM. SWAG.” I’m sorry, what? People who say they have “swag”, don’t have any.

    You mad, bro? – This one really gets on my nerve, especially when I’m angry. Of course I’m mad. Angry and furious even. You’re only making me feel worse so stop.

    Leggo – What does that even mean? I think of lego toys when I hear this word.

  • metromls

    “It is what it is”. No it’s not!
    I always hated this phrase becuse it is usually preceeded by some negative remark.

  • http://capnstephel.wordpress.com Cap’n Stephel

    Besties and jelly (for jealous) drive me crazy. As well as most of the ones you mentioned. We’re becoming so lazy that we don’t even finish our words…::rolls eyes::
    Srsly! 😉

  • http:riceart.wordpress.com Curtis

    I hate “At the end of the day”… blah, blah

  • http://girlyornot.wordpress.com tahirahrose

    Hm, I truly LOL on this. 🙂

  • http://rumplestillskint.wordpress.com Alex Bentley

    Do people not know what the word ‘epic’ actyually means these days?

  • http://jazlovesyou.wordpress.com jaz-amber

    Absolutely loved this, so glad I just happened to come across it Another one that really grates on me is “I’m not being funny but…” TRANSLATION: I’m going to blame then chastise you for something you most likely did not do and then mitigate it with the offending sentence, backtracking all the way with a big fake smile.

    People who use this phrase are usually cowardly and can’t handle the implications of their actions.

    ‘Nuff said. 😛


    I hate that one too ^

    • clunkienz

      Or worse, “jokes!” – it’s the same as “no offense!”

      Tamara – is this the blog with the most responses, or what?! :o)

      • http://tamaraoutloud.com/ Tamara

        If you can believe it– no! Tamara, Literally Out Loud had over 700!

  • http://goodorder.wordpress.com Lastchosen

    Nerve hit—I had a friend who prefaced everything with “uber” for awhile (annoying); people frequently update their fb status with whatever they are eating and proclaim “Yummo!” (really annoying); and in general, the English language everywhere has become inflated (annoying enough to provoke violence.) So, every single statement, written or spoken includes: really, very, totally, incredibly, and for special emphasis these are repeated, as in really, really, really. I do go on, but as an avid fb user, let me just say that it is no longer original to emphasize your sentiment by putting periods. after. every. word. The charm has also worn off the check list as in, sit down with laptop–check. Open WordPress–check. Comment on other people’s blogs–check. Avoid writing on my own….

  • http://leeschmidt.wordpress.com leeschmidt

    I am guilty of many of these 🙁

  • http://rafinurafi.wordpress.com/ rafinurafi

    that’s astonished me, may be it so close to every of us, amazing…. amazing

  • http://emjayandthem.com emjayandthem

    Just sayin’ is nearly as annoying as ‘Just Kidding.’ Personally I think there’s a lot of truth to whatever came before ‘Just Kidding … ‘
    Fun post! MJ

  • http://mirandalife.wordpress.com mirandalife

    That post was Hilar. (sorry I had to, but it was)
    Totes true too. Ahh you realise I’ll be using these words all day tomorrow because you’ve put them in my head.

  • http://educlaytion.wordpress.com educlaytion

    I think these phrases you’re picking on are okay if accompanies by a constant clicking of tongue and teeth. Also, a lot of “whatevers.” I hope you’re okay with people who say “word” though. Cuz I totally do for sure.

  • http://notanotherteenmommy.wordpress.com notanotherteenmommy

    My peeve…Nom Nom Nom for “yum”…and the godawful hash mark that is now being used on FB for no reason other than people want to look cute #jussayin

  • Anonymous

    My thoughts exactly! Thank you for somehow reading my mind and posting it on the interwebs. Love your sense of humor!

  • http://lookssofine.wordpress.com Samantha

    Hilar post! I also really detest “fail,” epic fail,” or just “epic” when not used to describe a saga of some sort. Thanks for not making me feel alone in my irritation!

  • http://petedavis92.wordpress.com petemdavis

    Haha great! I hate ‘Just sayin’ but I do say ‘I know right’ but for some reason in an American style accent, weird.

  • http://shotplatz.wordpress.com Ross

    Use of the term, “having said that,” is a waste of time and space, besides its being grammatical bad form in most usage (dangling participle). If you feel you have to transit to a qualifying statement, why not just say, “however,” or “and yet…”?

  • http://wtpdiaries.wordpress.com dramaqueen1913

    Funny but true–and I am sadly guilty of a few of those on occasion….

  • http://scream911.wordpress.com scream911

    What’s up with freaking “convo”? It’s CONVERSATION for goodness sake! Gah! This is also linked to DMC (deep meaningful conversation). If you have to call it a “DMC” then it probably isn’t. Gah!

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